A former Aboyne Academy pupil whose mum is battling breast cancer is to run the Edinburgh Marathon on May 27 to raise funds for cancer charity, Macmillan.
Dian McCarthy, 46, of Aboyne, was diagnosed with the disease at the end of the year and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Daughter Melissa Muir, 20, wanted to do something to help the cause and challenged herself to run a marathon.
Melissa, who works as a lifeguard at Aboyne swimming pool and has older brothers Ben, 25, and Danny, 27, said: “I wanted to do this because of my mum, and I wanted a challenge as well as raising money for charity.
“I’m managing ok with the training. I did a little bit of running in the past, but nothing long. I started training in January and need to get up to about 20 miles before the marathon. I had to raise £750 and have managed to raise £910 so far and never expected to raise that much.”
Mum Dian, who works in bathroom sales at Laings in Inverurie, said: “I’m really proud of her. It wasn’t like I’d said to her that she should do a fundraiser, she just decided to do it by herself. Even if you’re a marathon runner, a marathon is a challenge, so the fact that she’s started from scratch and is going to do it is quite amazing!
“She hasn’t really run before and she’s now managing about 12 miles. She trains every other day and is running the marathon by herself, although she does go out with the dog! She’s doing really well and just wants to get to the end of the marathon.”
Macmillan is not the only charity to be benefiting from the family’s fundraising.
“We did a car boot sale at the weekend and raised £170 for the Aberdeen Breast Centre because they are also fundraising,” said Dian. “I had a mastectomy and at the moment, am having chemotherapy. We chose Macmillan as it’s a national charity, but the breast centre is obviously more localised and there’s lots of people affected by breast cancer locally.
“The statistics affect a lot more people than you expect. I’m not a typical example. I am younger than generally most patients are, I’m fit and healthy, I’m not overweight and I don’t drink, so I’m not your typical ‘victim’ for want of a better word. It was a shock.
“I’ve had my ups and downs but just get on with it. I’m a very positive person and things like what Melissa is doing spur me on.”
Anyone wishing to donate money, can visit www.justgiving.com/melissa-muir