Steve to walk 200 miles in memory of late wife
Published 11 Mar 2011 08:03 0 Comments
A WEST FIFE 60-year-old is keeping his new bus pass under wraps to walk more than 200 miles in memory of his late wife.
Steve Lewis, of Inchcolm Drive, North Queensferry, is looking to raise £5000 in memory of his wife, Trish, who passed away from leukaemia last year.
Steve intends to walk from North Queensferry to Milngavie before taking in the West Highland Way and then finishing his 220-mile trek by completing the Great Glen Way.
He said, "Trish tried so hard to beat leukaemia and went through an unbelievable amount of things.
"So I reckon a couple of weeks' walking will be nothing in comparison.
"She was diagnosed in the summer of 2009 then had to go through four sessions of chemotherapy.
"It's a long, harsh process that finished up about Christmas that year."
However, the leukaemia hadn't been eradicated, meaning brave Trish had to battle through more life-saving surgery.
"Because her sister was a spot-on match for bone marrow they offered her a stem cell transplant which is a much simpler process and has got a better success rate.
"She took the transplant really well and was doing fantastically until August last year when she started not feeling great.
"They said it had come back and there was little more they could do.
"We had a couple of good weeks then she went downhill pretty quickly.
"Once it took over she was only feeling rough and horrible for about 24 hours."
Now Steve hopes to raise some cash for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research as well as honour his wife's memory.
"We had some fantastic times and I thought I must show my appreciation for the NHS staff who were absolutely fantastic and worked so hard."
To donate to Steve's cause visit his website at www.justgiving.com/stevelewis220.