Sadness as fundraiser dies


Determined mother of two undertook an ambitious campaign to get therapy abroad 

10th May 2019 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

Roz Paterson, who raised then refunded £320,000 for her own cancer treatment, has died.

She raised the huge sum in a matter of months in the hope of travelling to America for pioneering Car-T Cell therapy before being told the NHS in England would undertake the procedure.

The former journalist and mum of two refunded the donations before she died on Monday at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Roz was first diagnosed with lymphoma cancer last summer.

She had initially been told by NHS Scotland that the treatment she wanted was unavailable in Scotland, and that she was ineligible for funding to travel south.

With help from friends and family - husband Malcolm McDonald, 62, and their children Thea, 13, David, 10 - she began a funding drive to raise the cash needed for her treatment, which uses a medicine called Kymriah at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital.

Her family are holding a celebration of her life next week with donations going to Macmillan Cancer Support and Maggie's Highlands.

Money from fundraising events were donated to the Highland Hospice, Maggie's Highlands, Marie Curie, Macmillan and the Teenage Cancer Trust.