19 Oct 2015

Gayle was an incredibly brave mum

I was shocked and sad to hear that Gayle McElhinney who put her cancer treatment on hold to concentrate on her son Kane’s battle against the same disease has lost her fight for life at the age of 35. Gayle who was rightly named Scotland's Bravest Mum delayed a life-saving double mastectomy after her second bout of breast cancer because she didn't want to be unwell recovering while Kane was undergoing treatment for liver cancer. Sadly, Kane, her youngest boy passed away at the age of 12 two years ago and now her devastated husband Robert and eldest son Daniel who live in Houston are sadly trying to come to terms with a second tragedy. I remember even from her hospice bed Gayle sent out an appeal through Facebook for her followers to display a gold ribbon in support of September's Childhood Cancer Month. She was an incredibly courageous woman. We can all pay tribute to the courage of both Gayle and Kane as well as helping Robert and Daniel fulfil Gayle’s wishes by making a donation to Calum's Cabin where they both enjoyed holidays during their illness. Donate through the charity's JustGiving page on www.calumscabin.com.