By writer to www.eastlothiancourier.com
AN ATTEMPT to lift greater than £200,000 for a dad-of-two who’s battling bowel most cancers has handed a significant milestone.
John McCallum was identified with bowel most cancers on Father’s Day final 12 months, with family and friends trying to elevate £220,000 for a liver transplant in Germany.
Greater than £110,000 has been raised because the funding attraction was launched earlier this 12 months.
The daddy-of-two stated: “It has positively been essentially the most humbling expertise by way of how a lot persons are wanting to assist.
“It has been completely humbling and it has modified me as an individual – to be a bit extra of a constructive individual and see one of the best in folks.
“It has been a horrible expertise however an ideal expertise on the identical time for self-improvement.”
Thirty-six-year-old John is on his fourth spherical of chemotherapy and spoke to the Courier whereas present process therapy on the Western Normal Hospital in Edinburgh.
The eager runner and combined martial artist was identified final 12 months, regardless of there being no indicators or signs or historical past of most cancers in his household.
John, who works for HSBC in Edinburgh, had been having ache in his stomach and a fever, with medical doctors initially pondering it may very well be colitis, an irritation of the intestine, or a difficulty along with his appendix.
Nonetheless, medical doctors discovered a big tumour and John, who lives in Haddington with spouse Lorna, was identified with stage 4 bowel most cancers.
He stated: “Some days it may be positive and a few days you get the unintended effects.
“It impacts your toes and a few days I can barely get from A to B as a result of my toes are so purple and leathery.
“I’m simply getting on with it and logging on and seeing how folks deal with sure unintended effects, and simply doing what I can to maintain busy and a constructive psychological angle.”
John, whose kids, Emma and Ivy, are three and one, has been engaged on his soccer teaching badges on-line so he can “give again” to the group.
Within the meantime, he was resulting from have a CT scan on the finish of final week, with hopes nonetheless that he can journey to Germany for the operation.
Three operations – one to take away a part of the liver from the donor and two on John’s liver – would happen.
Fundraising continues, with colleagues at HSBC holding a number of sweepstakes to assist elevate cash.
John stated: “We bought push by my work and different folks doing their very own GoFundMe pages and sending me the cash.
“Mates are going for runs, doing bungee jumps and pals of pals’ mums are doing walks and getting sponsored.
“A number of persons are getting concerned.”
To make a donation and assist John, go to gofundme.com/f/9g9rx-help-john-beat-stage-4-cancer