Fire­works event will raise funds for brave Har­ris

The Oban Times - - YOUR VIEWS -

It has come to the time of year again when we are start­ing to plan our Dun­beg com­mu­nity bon­fire and fire­works night, to take place on Satur­day Novem­ber 3.

Last year’s was fan­tas­tic and the to­tal of £2,500 was raised for Oban Pipe Band. This would not be pos­si­ble with­out the gen­er­ous do­na­tions re­ceived from lo­cal busi­nesses.

This year we are rais­ing money for Har­ris McGougan. This is only a small sam­ple of what Har­ris has been through.

On July 12, 2017, at the age of only two, Har­ris’s fam­ily were in­formed that he had acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia (ALL). Over the past year he has been vir­tu­ally liv­ing in the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Edinburgh.

It was full on from bone mar­row tests to con­firm di­ag­no­sis and a cen­tral line in his chest, blood trans­fu­sions, many chemo­ther­apy ses­sions, in­fec­tions and many more.

His mum says the treat­ment ‘drained the life out of him’. He had an in­duc­tion phase of five weeks, which didn’t work, and then started on a more in­tense regime of chemo­ther­apy.

He is now fin­ished this block and is now on his main­te­nance phase, which lasts a fur­ther two years.

Har­ris goes to Glas­gow ev­ery Tues­day for blood tests, he has oral chemo­ther­apy ev­ery night if his bloods are okay. Ev­ery month he has to have chemo­ther­apy in­tra­venously and ev­ery three months he has to be put un­der anaes­thetic and have chemo­ther­apy put in his spine. This is one coura­geous lit­tle boy.

We would like to ask any­one if they would be so kind as to do­nate some­thing to our event, be it a raf­fle prize, bot­tle stall do­na­tion or mon­e­tary do­na­tion. Any do­na­tions would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. To make a do­na­tion by cheque, please make payable to Dun­beg De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee. To make do­na­tion to our raf­fle or bot­tle stall, we can ar­range to col­lect it from you at a time that is con­ve­nient for you by con­tact­ing Ca­tri­ona on 07825 186196. James Mac­Don­ald,

Event or­gan­iser, Lochnell Road, Dun­beg.

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