Brechin boy raises funds for TCCL with Superhero walk

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A Brechin boy and his grandmother organised a sponsored walk to thank the superheroes at a Tayside charity.

Eight-year-old Adam Stewart was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2012 after being unwell for 10 days when he was three-and-a-half-years-old.

Adam and his grandmother, Linda Brymer, organised and took part in a 10k superhero-themed sponsored walk to raise money for Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL).

They wanted to thank the charity for the support they gave Adam and his family, which included paying for his dad to learn to drive so he could take the youngster to hospital appointments.

Adam, who is in P4 at Andover Primary School, had his final dose of chemotherapy in October 2015 and the walk on October 8 coincided with - and celebrated - him being treatment-free for a year.

Dressed as superheroes - Adam as Captain America and Linda as Wonder Woman - they along with around 40 others started in Brechin, went round by Little Brechin and finished back in the town.

They raised £2169.45, smashing their initial target of £500, which they have now donated to TCCL.

Linda said: “Adam was moved to Edinburgh Sick Kids to begin his treatment and then transferred to Ninewells children’s ward. Owing to complications he ended up in hospital for 18 weeks.

“Adam has coped with his illness well and always had a smile. He managed to return to nursery and started school as normal, and apart from a few hospital stays owing to high temperatures and attending clinic/hospital appointments he has managed not to miss too much school.

“My daughter, Sarah Stewart, and her husband, Ryan, had a very positive attitude and made sure that Adam missed out on as little as possible whilst he was ill. We even had his fourth birthday party in Ninewells Hospital. He still attends regular clinic appointments but is all clear now.

“He is a very active child and plays football, goes swimming and attends out-of-school clubs almost every day. He doesn’t really remember how ill he was in the early days, which is a good thing for us all.

“We first discovered TCCL when someone visited us in Edinburgh and gave Sarah a cheque to help with travel, food and any extras required while they stayed in Edinburgh. They have been a huge support to my family in the three-and-a-half years that Adam was ill.

“They paid for Ryan to learn to drive - we live in Brechin and it’s a 60-mile round trip to Ninewells - and they gave us vouchers for Tesco and Toys R Us at Christmas time. We’ve been on a Hallowe’en steam train, to Christmas parties and stayed at The TCCL lodge in St Andrew’s twice.

“Myself and Adam were looking for something that he could do himself to raise money. We looked at various charity runs/walks but because he was only eight he either wasn’t old enough or we couldn’t do it for our own charity, so we decided to organise our own sponsored walk.

“We decided on a superhero theme and it absolutely grew arms and legs. We walked 10k, most of us dressed in superhero costumes, even the adults and the dogs.

“We hadn’t even heard of TCCL until Adam was ill and we just want to raise awareness of the wonderful work they do and help them to continue to assist families in the future. I find it sad that we didn’t know about such a worthy charity on our doorstep until we needed it and they found us.”