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13 December 2023

Graeme gets home for Christmas

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Graeme Porter from Aberdeen wants to thank blood donors for making sure he can continue his cancer treatment and get back home in time for Christmas.

A law student at Edinburgh University, Graeme (19) began feeling unwell earlier this year. 

After investigations, a ten centimetre mass was found wrapped around the T11 and T12 vertebrae of his back. In June this year, Graeme was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare cancer that can occur in bone or the soft tissue surrounding them.

As part of his treatment, Graeme has had to undergo intense chemotherapy and received his first blood transfusion in September. He then received another blood transfusion in October so he could continue receiving treatment. 

Graeme undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
We know we have a long road in front of us but the blood transfusions have meant that Graeme is strong enough to tackle what is ahead. Mum, Ruby

Thanks to blood donors, Graeme has been strong enough to travel to Manchester where he has been undergoing Proton Therapy treatment at the Christie Hospital.

Graeme's Mum Ruby said 'We're so thankful to everyone who donates blood as it's meant Graeme has been able to continue his treatment. We know we have a long road in front of us but the blood transfusions have meant that Graeme is strong enough to tackle what is ahead.'

Thanks to blood donors, Graeme and his parents will be able to enjoy Christmas together.

It's hoped that Graeme's treatment will be completed shortly and he'll be back home in Aberdeen on the 20th of December. We wish Graeme and family all the best, and hope you all have a wonderful Christmas together.

 

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