Fundraising Fife OAP battles cancer – and challenges boxing champion Tyson Fury to fight

Lillian is battling cancer, but she still wants to fight Tyson Fury.Lillian is battling cancer, but she still wants to fight Tyson Fury.
Lillian is battling cancer, but she still wants to fight Tyson Fury.
A resilient Methil pensioner who was on the brink of death now wants to help others – and fight boxer Tyson Fury – as she battles cancer.

Lillian Ross was rushed to hospital earlier this year as she battled a virus, unaware that she also had a rare form of cancer – Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST).

The situation looked bleak, and her children were brought into her hospital room to say their goodbyes.

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But Lillian is a fighter and, after a life-saving procedure, she made an “unbelievable” recovery which stunned her doctors.

“The doctors didn’t think she would make it because she was so weak,” said daughter, Sonia Cooper.

“We were devastated. The recovery is unbelievable.”

While she still has terminal cancer, medication means she has two or three more years, and she plans on using that time wisely.

Lillian plans to have her head shaved and raise funds for a children’s cancer charity.

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And while Lillian has been a fighter in hospital and at home as she battles cancer, she also has more ambitious plans involving another kind of fighter.

“She wants to fight Tyson Fury,” said Sonia. “That’s on her bucket list.”

Lillian, known to some as ‘Mama Tyson’, missed the champion boxer’s rematch with Deontay Wilder earlier this year, as she battled for her life in hospital. While making her recovery, she watched the fight in her hospital bed with her daughter.

Sonia has contacted Fury through social media but had no response. “He’s not up to the fight,” said Lillian.

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