FORMER Fraserburgh man Paul Robinson and his fiancee Marion Reid moved to Tarland from the Broch last July as Paul took up his new post with Active Schools as Co-ordinator for ten primary schools from Braemar to Banchory.
They were hoping to set up home in the area and Paul could retire in a few year's time.
However, fate struck in November 2009 when Paul was diagnosed with terminal cancer following an emergency operation to remove a brain tumour, which turned out to be a secondary cancer.
A CT body scan revealed a primary cancer in the lung – an advanced non small cell carcinoma. By this time the cancer had spread to the brain, liver and bones. Paul was given a life expectancy of three to six months.
He had intensive radiotherapy to the brain and back. Further tests revealed a faulty gene in the lung tumour which may well respond to a new trial gene therapy treatment which has already stabilized the lung tumour for the short term.
The Anchor Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has been awarded funding for the first time in Scotland through the NHS for Paul's treatment.
Although not a cure at the advanced stage of his illness, he hopes it will benefit others and help make a breakthrough in the near future.
Fundraising in aid of Friends of ANCHOR (Aberdeen & North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy) has kept Paul focused.
A Racenight and Disco at the BanCar Hotel Lonmay on April 2 organised by Paul and Marion raised 1,420.
On April 17, they also held a coffee morning with sales tables and raffle at their home in Tarland, raising a grand sum of 636.
The St Andrews school in Fraserburgh - one of the schools in Paul's last network - kindly donated the takings of 721.68 from their Nativity for parents, Christmas Concert, and cakes baked and sold to parents, to the Friends of ANCHOR Unit after reading an article about Paul, who was their Active Schools Co-ordinator.
Fundraising events continued last Saturday at the Mall Trinity Centre in Aberdeen when friends, family and colleagues came along to support Paul's daughter Jenny having her head shaved for the cause. Through sponsorship, online donations and collections on the day she has realised a total to-date of 2,500.
Six of Paul's work colleagues have also been busy organising various fundraising events in the lead up to a sponsored climb to the top of Kilimanjaro in October this year.
Events include race nights, a stovie dance, golf competition at Inchmarlo, aerobathon, soup & sweet and so on. They have dubbed themselves the 'Summit Seekers'.
You can sponsor them online at www.friendsofanchor.org, clicking on Summit Seekers, or Jenny by clicking on to Jenny's Close Shave.
Summit Seekers have been helped with sponsorship by Craigdon Mountain Sports.
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