The trauma of being diagnosed with three Cancerous brain tumours has not stopped one Glenrothes teenager from becoming a one-man charity machine, reports, NEIL HENDERSON.
David Hilton was 17-years-old when he complained of suffering with severe headaches. After five months of mis-diagnosis of migraine he collapsed at the family home in South Parks.
Subsequent visits to the doctors and medical experts resulted in David and his family being told the devastating news that the teenager had indeed been diagnosed with cancer.
Following a number of successful operations and five weeks of radiotherapy, David, now 19 is in his second year of remission and is using his experience to help other cancer sufferers.
David’s mum, Jill explained: “It was obviously a real shock for all the family, it was a situation you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.
But it was David’s sheer determination and his constant positive attitude that really kept everyone around him strong.
“Since his successful operation to remove the tumours, David has now got involved in a number of charity fund-raising events to try and help other cancer sufferers.
“He is now using his experiences to help schoolchildren become aware of the illness.”
Amongst a host of charity events, he has already completed a 10 mile hike, arranged a successful MacMillan coffee morning and has just recently completed the daring challenge of swimming with sharks at Fife’s Deep Sea World.
As well as raising money, David has also enrolled a Fife Volunteer to help school children across the Kingdom to relate to his experiences.
David told the Gazette: “I got involved with fund-raising for the MacMillan Cancer Charity and I decided I wanted to get even more involved in getting their message out to the public.
“After being given some speaker training I now visit schools across Fife and talk to schoolchildren in a hope of giving them a better understanding of my experiences and of the illness.
“I went to my old school, Glenrothes High recently and since then the pupils have decided on MacMillan as being their adopted charity, which is great.
“I’m due to go back there in the next couple of weeks as they have just completed a charity walk in the Lomond Hills which I also took part in.”
A spokesperson for MacMillan said: “David’s involvement is much appreciated, he really is an inspiration in the way he has used his own life experiences to date in a positive way to help others and to give people a better understanding about the illness.”
Having spent a year of his life having to deal with the illness, David, has now started his first year at Dundee University where he is studying Geography and hopes to go on to be a teacher.