LEE Crompton is still unsure why he agreed to run 50 miles for charity just weeks after completing a painful treatment for thyroid cancer.
“It’s a mystery,” he laughs.
“But I did it, because without Maggie – well, it would have been a very different experience.”
Lee is 47 years old, and was told last September that he had. Stage Four Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer – An aggressive form of the disease with an average age of four months.
“I had a lump in my neck, and no one was worried about it – a biopsy was ineffective, and the doctors thought there was nothing to worry about.”
“My choice was to leave it, or have another biopsy, or remove it. I decided to have surgery and everything seemed fine after the first operation.
“Then, three weeks later, the results came back, and – it really was.”
At six months ‘best’, Lee, who lives in Dryman with his wife Gemma and daughters Easy, four and one-year-old Erin, finds himself in a state of shock, fearing that he might see his daughter’s first birthday. Don’t live for .
“And if I had done that, it would not have been possible for me to have her Erin’s fourth in March, my wife’s 40th in August.”
“Within a few days of the diagnosis, I went to Maggie Gartenwell and the support I received was invaluable. It was really life-saving.
It’s been 10 years since Maggie Gartnwell opened her doors.
Welfare agencies help people regain control when cancer reverses life, providing free, professional help for anything from treatment side effects to money worries.
Charity was the vision of Maggie Kessok Jenkins, who had breast cancer.
In the months leading up to his death in 1995, he made a blueprint for the original center in Edinburgh. Maggie’s oncology nurse Laura Lee, now the charity’s chief executive, worked with Maggie’s husband, the famous architect Charles Jenkins, to ensure her friend’s vision. It has become a reality that there are now more than 30 Magi Centers that have been built or are in development in the UK and abroad.
Readers of the Glasgow Evening Times raised 2 1.2 million to build Glasgow’s first Maggie Center at Gatehouse on Demberton Road, now near the ruined Western Infirmary.
We launched our campaign in March, with a goal of raising 000 500,000.
By Christmas of that year, it had passed yesterday, and by the time the center opened its doors in 2002, more than 2 1.2 million had been banking.
It moved to Gartenville in 2011.
At the official opening of Maggie Gartenwell, about 180 guests got a glimpse of the 3 million m3 building located near Betson West. Scotland Cancer Center.
Christie Wark, a longtime supporter of cancer care, held the official opening ceremony with Laura and Walk the Walk founder Nina Barrow, who helped fund the new center.
Among the high profile guests was Rem Colehas, the architect who designed the center. Lily and Charles Jenkins, founder Maggie’s daughter and husband and actor Libby MacArthur.
Benefits advisor Carol Scott has worked at both The Gatehouse and Gartenwell, and when she retires next year at age 70, she will be with charity for almost 17 years.
“When someone comes to Maggie after being diagnosed with cancer, you can see her shoulders falling,” she says.
“It’s a cool place – it’s the atmosphere, it’s the feel of the place. It’s very different from the hospital.
Carol, who lives in the West End, joined the charity after working as a philanthropist in Rudergalen. Health. Center
“I like Maggie’s style,” she smiled.
“They were new to the city when they first came to the gatehouse, and it was a whole new way of thinking about cancer.
“But Glass and Vijay are open to new things. And they gave Maggie a warm welcome in town.
Lee Krampton, who took part in the charity’s Run 50 Mile Challenge in January, raised 55 5,500 in the process, is now 12 months below that devastating assessment.
“Doctors call it a miracle,” he says. “They don’t know why I’m still here, but I am.
“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster this week, because I lost my job – I’m going to do a quantity survey – on Friday.”
“I just laughed to be honest,” he says.
In a great scheme of things – I don’t care. I also do screenwriting and I’m working on a comedy pilot, so maybe there’s a silver lining and it’ll allow me to spend more time on it – who knows?
“And who would have thought that this time last year, which will come in September 2021, I will talk about new horizons, new jobs and a new beginning?”
Lee agrees that Maggie is a place like no other.
“The support they give you is practical – things like money, and nutrition – but also emotional,” he explained. “Basically, you’re talking to people who understand, who’s there, what, got the T-shirt.
“At a difficult time, when you look inside the Pandora’s box, when you’re at your lowest level, Maggie is a safe place.”
He adds: “They have your back and they assure you – well, you can’t buy it. It’s priceless.”