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