Arbroath teenager Euan Fellows is fighting a rare type of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma, which will need proton therapy treatment.
Following an appointment at Specsavers Arbroath on December 22, 2016, Euan was sent straight to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Six days later he was at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, where a biopsy was taken.
The family arrived home on January 1 and mum Michelle said: “Christmas and New Year were quite a roller coaster, as we knew he had a mass/tumour, but nothing else.”
January 12 brought the news that Euan had cancer and that it was in his skull and therefore not operable. Treatment would be six rounds of chemotherapy, then proton therapy in the USA. Four days later and Euan was back in Edinburgh being prepped for chemo, the first round of which started on the 24th.
Michelle continued: “When he is not in ‘sick kids’ he is looked after by Ninewells and a team of nurses and doctors there, as well as two outreach oncology nurses.
“Euan has had to give up so much this year, he can no longer ski with Arbroath Ski Club, which he really enjoyed, he can’t play football or hang out with his friends at Friday night club. None of this seems to be bothering him - he speaks with his friends on social media and has friends round when he feels up to it. He’s doing so well and is blowing everyone away with his positivity. He is forever telling the nurses that it’s okay when they need to wake him up for medications, etc. He just paints a huge smile on and gets on with it. He’s a true inspiration to the whole family.”
Euan has a Facebook page “Euan Fighting Ewings Info Page” and a Crowdfunding page, set up by family friend Alison Angus - www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alison-anguseuanfightingewings - currently standing at £2350 towards a £5000 target. Michelle explained how fund-raising for the American treatment was progressing.
She said: “A few events are in the pipeline. Euan’s cousin Lauren is cutting her ponytail off and raising money via sponsor forms. A friend’s son has been selling cakes over in Kelty to raise funds, another in Stoke is planning an event and his cousins in Stafford are also planning something.
“James Cameron and Simon Mackenzie Monroe are doing a night of mediumship, Danny Laverty and friends have offered to do something and a few quiz nights are planned. There is also talk of a silent auction, which we would be grateful of any donation for. Danny Laverty hair salon has kindly offered to accept any donations.
“People’s generosity already has blown us all away.”