A BRAVE young Glenrothes girl has taken on a three-mile swim challenge after her mum was diagnosed with cancer, reports GAIL MILNE.
Courageous 10 year-old, Chloe Blyth, swam 5000m (just over 3 miles) on Sunday, at the Fife Institute pool in Glenrothes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, as a way of helping others in the same situation as her mum found herself last year.
Chloe, a P7 pupil at Pitteuchar West Primary School managed to raise £212 by completing the swim.
Family members dad Robbie, and mum Nicola, and siblings Dylan (9) and Kerys (8) were all cheering her on.
On 9 September 2010 Chloe’s mum, Nicola, was diagnosed with cancer. She had tests and received the diagnosis the day before herself and Robbie, got married on 10 September.
Robbie said: “It came as a total shock, due in part to the timing but we went ahead with the wedding and had a fantastic day.
“The diagnosis really hit home and put things in perspective.”
Nicola’s treatment started soon after the wedding and involved the removal of a mole and lymph glands.
The treatment was more invasive than expected, involving skin grafts, but one year on the family are grateful that the results are good.
Robbie, a beach and coastal officer for Fife Council added: “Our family are now so aware of the importance of early recognition of cancer symptoms because cancer is on the rise. I received cancer awareness training at work and what Nicola had raised concerns.
“We took early action and are so thankful we did. We are immensely proud of our daughter, Chloe, as are her brother and sister.
“It is a fantastic achievement which she has undertaken out of concern for her mum and as a way of helping other people in the same situation.”
April Davidson, Fife fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “Chloe is an amazing little girl taking on this challenge to raise money. It must have been such a hard thing to watch her mum go through and it shows strength of character to want to help other people in this way.
“One in three of us will get cancer during our lifetime and there are many people in Scotland who need practical, medical, emotional and financial support right now.
“Fundraising events like Chloe’s make a huge difference to Macmillan’s ongoing work.”