Hospital thanks couple after £1500 donation

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MEDICAL science will take a step forward this week, after a generous Boddam couple donated £1500 to cancer research raisd at their ruby wedding anniversary.

June and Kenny Fyfe made the donation to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Melanoma Research Clinic on Thursday, following a successful raffle organised by grand-daughter Samantha Hanson at the couple’s anniversary party at the New Inn in Ellon.

Mrs Fyfe said that she and her husband had made the decision to donate to research into melanoma after she lost the tip of her finger to the cancer.

“At first i thought it was simply a discoloured fingernail,” she said. “Eventually, however, I went to get it looked at and it turned out to be cancerous, so it had to be removed.”

Oncologist Dr Marianne Nicolson said that the donation would be gratefully received, and would go towards a new research project into a treatment which works on the basis of genetic changes thought to be linked to the disease.

“We are currently investigating the uses of a new drug, which can have a 70% effectiveness compared to current treatments which can have 20% effectiveness. This donation will allow us to conduct genetic testing in the north-east to find out what percentage of the population have the gene variant which this treatment is responsive to.

“We’re hugely grateful to the Fyfes for their donation - getting funding for small projects is very difficult, so gifts like these are a huge help.”