Man Who Lost Arm To Cancer Launches Crowdfunder For Next Bout Of Treatment
When Scott Stiinson lost his right arm and shoulder to cancer, he could have easily used it as an excuse to feel sorry for himself.
Instead, he and his partner Becky have decided to make it a positive - thanks to some creative fancy dress - to raise money for a new bout of life-saving treatment he just can't get on the NHS.
Scott, 25, was diagnosed with bone cancer in April 2018 but despite several treatments, he had to undergo surgery to remove his right arm and shoulder the following August.
Scott and his girlfriend, Becky, moved to Northern Ireland last October in order to be closer to his family whilst undergoing treatment after the amputation.
The pair have decided to see the bright side though - making Scott's phantom limb a feature at fancy dress parties.
At a Halloween part last year, the couple dressed as Jack "The Pumpkin King" and Sally from Tim Burton's cult classic Nightmare Before Christmas.
Scott then made himself a new costume to parody himself and Marie Antoinette for another party.
"Our first Halloween in our new home together, I wanted us to have a silly dress up party and stay indoors from the cold," said Becky.
"Nightmare before Christmas is one of my favourite films and I recently introduced it to Scott. Watching it again after Scott's surgery, in one scene Sally loses her arm, I went "Scott, she's like you!"
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To complete the look, Scott also made himself a fake right arm for the party. The costume gave Scott a chance to have a laugh and, for a brief moment, a right arm again.
"I always tell Becky: I'll wear whatever, just as long as you organise it for me," he said.
"She always comes up with perfect duo costumes for us with enough humour thrown into each of them. It was fun having a right arm again for Sally costume."
Unfortunately, the cancer has persisted and Scott has launched a GoFundMe page to help him get treatment currently not available on the NHS. He needs to raise over £100k to get the treatment that might save his life.
Scott and Becky are trying as hard as they can to make the best out of the worst possible situation - but both are acutely aware that there's a serious need at the heart of it all.
"I'm so grateful to Becky for the way she's supported me," said Scott. "I know I've got another battle ahead of me, but as long as we both keep smiling, I know we can do it."
You can visit Scott's gofundmepage here.
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