The employees of A Touch of Class in Kirk Road, Wishaw held an ongoing sponsored spin bike spin bike at the shop on Wednesday. The money raised went to owner Yvonne Peat’s nephew, Neil Moore, who was stricken with three different primary cancers in the space of 18 months.
Karate expert Neil has already seen prostate cancer and B-cell lymphoma, which was after the 60-year-old was diagnosed in September 2019 with GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour), a rare cancer of the digestive tract.
Medics discovered a huge tumor that was deemed inoperable, but a targeted cancer drug managed to shrink it to a convenient size for surgery. However, a few months later, he got the news that he had prostate cancer, and he underwent surgery to remove it. and subsequent chemotherapy for the lymphoma that was also discovered.
The daughters of former Scottish 5th Dan karate champion Caitlin and Victoria, who live in Carluke, launched a GoFundMe page to try and raise £75,000 after the GIST tumor started to grow again and had surgery to remove it in December. 2020 was unsuccessful.
He has only months to live.
The family spoke to surgeons in London who believe it may be possible to remove it using specialist robotic surgery, but the NHS has decided not to fund the operation, which was scheduled for the end of January.
In an accompanying statement on the online fundraising page, the siblings say: “It will cost approximately £75,000 for the operation, and to pay the costs of the specialist cancer surgeons, an anaesthetist, specialist surgery nurses, medicines, ICU and the post-operative hospital care which can last about three weeks, as well as travel to and from clinics in London.
“It’s a huge sum of money, but we would be so grateful if you could give whatever you can, however small, to help fund my father’s surgery.”
The siblings have already raised more than £17,470, but the clock is ticking and cousin Yvonne thought she’d try to help with the “TOC’s Big Spin for Neil” fundraiser in the salon.
She said: “The bottom line is if he doesn’t have the surgery he won’t be here long, it’s terminal.
“I have a spin bike so I got it down and we were on it from 8am to 8pm both Wednesday and Thursday. We have hair salon, hairdresser and beauty salon in one place. The girls just wanted to keep going all day, we didn’t count the miles. We just try to collect as much as possible.
“As soon as I brought the bike to the salon, people were intrigued and asked why it was there.
“We have sponsorship sheets and on the first day it was out people pledged £260. We hope to collect as much as possible.”
Taking alternate turns on the bike were; Louise Young, Amy Wilson, Courtney Sheviln, Molly Stewart, Niamh Giffen, Nicole Dingwall, Louise Gillet, Blane Armstrong, Lauren McConville, Aaron Scally, Rose Kennedy, and Chloe Gray.
You can donate to Caitlin and Victoria’s fundraising page for their father at: gofundme.com/f/2vbku-help-my-dad-knock-cancer-out
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