Fiona is

Cam­bus­lang woman

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang woman is help­ing lead the fight against pan­cre­atic can­cer across the globe.

Fiona Brown, 36, lost her mum Chrissie to the dis­ease on March 26, 2003, at the age of just 56.

Ear­lier this year we re­ported that Fiona had been ap­pointed de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Scot­land.

And last month she was in the Cana­dian city of Mon­treal at the World Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Coali­tion, which works to drive trans­for­ma­tional change for all those af­fected by pan­cre­atic can­cer.

“It was in­cred­i­ble,” said Fiona. “It was a mix­ture of in­spir­ing to see the peo­ple who got in­volved hav­ing be di­rectly af­fected by pan­cre­atic can­cer and also quite over­whelm­ing. I couldn’t quite be­lieve I was there.

“It was quite an emo­tional jour­ney when you think of the route I have taken.

“Ob­vi­ously I wish my mother was still here but it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“There was very much a linked arms ap­proach, it’s a col­lec­tive bat­tle across the globe.

“Com­ing from a com­mer­cial back­ground I am used to see­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions be­ing re­ally com­pet­i­tive.

“But here if a char­ity was do­ing some­thing that worked then you can reach out to them.

“Most of the peo­ple there had lost loved ones to pan­cre­atic can­cer so it is up to us to fight on their be­half.

“That re­ally came through. We all have a big re­spon­si­bil­ity as a team to hon­our our loved ones so other peo­ple do not have to go through what we have been through.”

Not con­tent with trav­el­ling to another con­ti­nent, Fiona and the team at Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Scot­land has also been play­ing host to a fam­ily from the USA.

The Rober­son’s trav­elled to Scot­land from their home in Mary­land to trek 170 miles across the land of their an­ces­tors and raise money for Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Ac­tion Net­work.

The fam­ily lost a loved one to the dis­ease and wanted to do their bit to help.

Fiona heard about their story and was able to ar­range to meet them when they ar­rived and then saw them off on their jour­ney at Queen Street sta­tion.

And last week, af­ter they had trekked from Iona to Pit­lochry, Fiona and her Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Scot­land col­leagues and

New friend­sFiona, third from right, and her Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Scot­land col­leagues and vol­un­teers, meet the Rober­sons from Amer­ica

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