Daugh­ter launches can­cer char­ity fundrais­ing ap­peal

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Stephen Nor­ris

A Cas­tle Dou­glas mum with in­cur­able can­cer has praised her de­voted daugh­ter’s cam­paign to help those af­fected by the dis­ease.

Rachel Hous­ton was di­ag­nosed with ag­gres­sive breast can­cer in 2015, aged just 37.

In­ten­sive treat­ment raised hopes of a re­mis­sion – but in Novem­ber 2017 doc­tors found the can­cer had spread.

The grim news that life was to be cut short would have shat­tered most peo­ple.

But it only made Rachel and her fam­ily more de­ter­mined to cher­ish ev­ery minute to­gether.

Daugh­ter Cal­lie de­cided to do some­thing spe­cial and, un­known to her mum, launched a fundrais­ing cam­paign for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port two weeks be­fore her 12th birth­day on Satur­day.

Rachel, now 40, told the News: “I had no idea she had done it.

“She was stay­ing at a friend’s house and I woke up on Sun­day morn­ing there was Cal­lie’s birth­day fundraiser ‘for my mum’ on Face­book.

“Her tar­get was £200 but she reached £1,400 by the Sun­day night. Now it’s over £4,150.

“It’s not ev­ery time you get a young one who would think about do­ing some­thing like this.

“It’s all make–up and clothes these days. She is just a won­der­ful lassie. Proud just does not cover it.”

Rachel knows her time with hus­band Stephen, 42, Kalem, 15, and Cal­lie will be cru­elly lim­ited.

But she is not let­ting that get in the way of happy times to come with the ones she loves.

“The di­ag­no­sis is that they can’t help me now,” Rachel said. “It’s me­tastatic breast can­cer and it’s a mat­ter of pro­long­ing life. Now I just have to get on with life and live it in the most pos­i­tive way I can. I could be sit­ting here next year or I might not. You can’t sit and dwell on it.”

She added: “I have a hus­band and two kids to think about. Ev­ery­body has their time – it’s just go­ing to come to me a bit sooner.”

Mean­while, Cal­lie’s cam­paign has touched the com­mu­nity. Brian and Elaine Wil­son from BW Cut­lery Cre­ations raised £230 at Christ­mas fayres. And a stall in Tesco Cas­tle Dou­glas on Sun­day added £270 to Cal­lie’s to­tal.

The store’s com­mu­nity cham­pion An­gela Orro, a friend of Rachel, said: “Our store man­ager Mar­garet Run­cie got wind of what Cal­lie was do­ing and said we have got to do some­thing to help.

“I would hope that the Hous­ton fam­ily has as long as pos­si­ble and that they con­tinue to make lovely mem­o­ries to­gether.”

Rachel, who has a Macmil­lan nurse for any help she needs, added: “I will stay strong as long as I can. It’s re­ally about stay­ing strong for the fam­ily, not nec­es­sar­ily for my­self. I am there for the kids and Stephen.” Cal­lie’s fundraiser is open un­til De­cem­ber 10. Do­na­tions can be made at https://www.face­book. com/do­nate/515776052270568/365601330843668/ or per­son­ally.

Lov­ing hug Cal­lie and Rachel

Do­na­tion Rachel Hous­ton and daugh­ter Cal­lie with the cheque from Tesco

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