TWO PARENTS from Oban have given up their jobs to raise money for private medical treatment for their son, who has multiple sclerosis.
TWO parents from Oban have given up their jobs to raise money for a private medical treatment for their son, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 16.
John and Helen Forteith have so far helped to raise £ 5,000 so their son Guy, 24, can undergo stem cell therapy, which is currently only available privately.
They have estimated that they will need to raise between £25,000 and £100,000 for the therapy.
In order to achieve this, they came up with an idea to walk the Rob Roy Way, the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way. The project is titled ‘3 Ways for Guy’.
So far they have completed the first two, as has their eightyear- old dog, Ben. And the three of them are preparing to head off on the Great Glen Way on Saturday July 29.
‘We have both given up our jobs to give that time to our youngest son,’ John Forteith said.
‘[ He] was diagnosed with MS at the age of 16 and he has been in this cycle of going nowhere in the medical world.
‘The past few years, there’s been an explosion in stem cell therapy, but the UK has not grasped that explosion – they are not doing it in the UK on the NHS.
‘ We have got to raise the funds to be able to do it. The minimum is going to be £ 25,000, but it’s likely it will be £60,000, and we are potentially looking at £100,000. In the UK it’s about £100,000 to do it privately.
‘We have a lot of money to try to raise and pull together one way or another.
‘Guy, being an independent individual, started putting on concerts to raise funds towards the cause.
‘So far we have raised just over £5,000.
The hope is we can try to get the treatment in early 2018 – with our own funds and a combination of fundraising.’
Once John, Helen and Ben complete the Great Glen Way, they will have walked more than 300 miles.
During the West Highland Way, they were joined by four others – Francesca and Ashley Bichard, and Lindsay and Emma Aitken.
Jacqueline Hoey has also helped raise money for Guy, raising £1,000 for the cause by undertaking a 81-mile cycle.
To donate toward Guy’s fund, visit https:// www.justgiving. com/crowdfunding/stemcellsforguy
John and Helen Forteith with Francesca and Ashley Bichard, and Lindsay and Emma Aitken, and Ben the dog, doing the West Highland Way.