FOR MY MUM
Daughter launches cancer charity fundraising appeal
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