AMIE’S CAN­CER BAT­TLE

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GILLE­SPIE

A Cas­tle Dou­glas woman and her fam­ily have been “over­whelmed” by the sup­port they’ve re­ceived in her fight against can­cer. Amie Knox, who is orig­i­nally from Gate­house, was di­ag­nosed with a rare form of the dis­ease last month and will fly out to Amer­ica next week to con­tinue her treat­ment.

Mum Suzanne White set up an on­line ap­peal ask­ing for fi­nan­cial help to sup­port Amie’s bat­tle – and was stunned when it raised more than £16,000.

Suzanne, who works at Gal­loway Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal in Stran­raer, said: “Our lo­cal com­mu­nity has been amaz­ing. I can’t thank peo­ple enough for their gen­eros­ity.

“It is quite over­whelm­ing. Ev­ery time some­one do­nated I would see it and start to cry.”

Af­ter months of trips to the doc­tor, 22-year-old Amie was di­ag­nosed with stage four na­sopha­ryn­geal can­cer on Novem­ber 2.

Suzanne, 44, said: “It was hor­ren­dous. It is quite rare. There are only around 250 peo­ple di­ag­nosed in the UK each year.

“It is more preva­lent in peo­ple of Chi­nese and Eastern Asian ori­gin or men over 50. How a 22 year-old healthy Scot­tish girl ever got it we have no idea.”

The scans re­vealed a large tu­mour at the back of Amie’s throat which was af­fect­ing her hear­ing and breath­ing.

It couldn’t be op­er­ated on and the ini­tial di­ag­no­sis was not pos­i­tive as she pre­pared her­self for two rounds of ag­gres­sive chemo­ther­apy at hospi­tal in Ed­in­burgh.

In the week be­fore Christ­mas doc­tors told Amie, who worked as a duty man­ager at Lidl in Dum­fries be­fore be­ing di­ag­nosed, that the tu­mour had been re­duced enough to al­low her to travel to Jack­sonville in Florida for pro­ton beam ther­apy.

She’ll fly out on New Year’s Day along with Suzanne, her gran and her fi­ancé Ja­son to be­gin nine weeks of treat­ment.

Suzanne said: “My­self and my mum will go out for the first two weeks and Ja­son will be there the whole nine weeks.

“The NHS is pay­ing for the treat­ment, the fundrais­ing is to help pay for liv­ing costs of her house here and also the cost of them stay­ing over there. We are be­ing pos­i­tive and hope­ful.”

As well as do­na­tions through the page, Gal­loway Lodge Pre­serves in Gate­house held a raf­fle for a ham­per and the Ma­sonic Arms held a quiz night on Fri­day.

There have also been do­na­tions from M&N Elec­tri­cal Mech­ni­cal Servies in Dum­fries and Cree­town and District Celtic Sup­port­ers Club. The club also in­tends to raf­fle off a signed Kieran Tier­ney shirt to raise fur­ther funds.

And NHS Dum­fries and Gal­loway staff Sharon Lit­tle and Pheona Kerr, who were col­leagues of Suzanne be­fore she started work in Stran­raer, are plan­ning a spon­sored bike ride from DGRI in Dum­fries to Gal­loway Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal.

Any­one who would like to help can do so on­line at https://www. gofundme.com/amie039s-fight­club.

Com­mu­nity sup­port Amie with her phone show­ing the in­cred­i­ble re­sponse to the fundrais­ing ap­peal

Close cou­ple Amie and Ja­son

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