Friday 6th October 2017
Running For Ruby
Inspired by his brave wee girl Ruby and the amazing team at the children's hospital, Simon Gibson set himself three massive fundraising challenges this year to complete the Men's 10k, the Edinburgh Kiltwalk and the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon!
Earlier this year, Gibsons were enjoying a family holiday in Spain when they received the devastating news that Ruby - who was 3 at the time - had a large tumour on her kidney.
Ruby was rushed back to the UK to begin 5 weeks of chemotherapy on our Schiehallion Ward before having her kidney and tumour removed. Ruby is now battling through a further 27 weeks of chemotherapy post surgery.
Dad Simon was determined to give something back to the people who cared for Ruby and their family during this difficult time. He told us more about his motivations for fundraising:
"I still can remember myself and Donna visiting the Schiehallion ward before we went in with Ruby to prepare ourselves for what was ahead. It was hard to take in and to not show emotion in front of these brave little souls.
"There can be nothing more heartbreaking than seeing your wee girl go through the whole process of poking, prodding, tests, medicines, operations, MRIs, scans and losing her hair.
"The truth is Ruby has been amazing, and has shown me and her mum how tough and brave she is for such a wee girl. It has definitely put things into perspective for me.
"The people we've dealt with through the whole process have been amazing. I will never be able to thank them all individually, but would like them to know how great they are and I hope my fundraising helps in some way.
"Every member of staff in the hospital was excellent and totally put us at ease. Now that we’ve been transferred to Day Care, the staff there have been extra special in looking after Ruby to the point she looks forward to going there - something I thought we would never say!
"Throughout my three events, anytime I’ve felt any pain or doubt of whether I could finish I’ve just thought of Ruby and the pain and discomfort she’s had to endure.
"The last mile on Sunday had me seriously holding back the tears as I thought of her and what’s she’s been through for such a wee person.
"She has been amazing and shown me and her mum just how much of a wee fighter she is. Seeing her wee face at the finishing line made it all worthwhile!"
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