Galashiels student reveals It's Good 2 Give
A FORMER cancer patient from the Borders is planning to climb the highest mountain in Africa to help other people affected by the disease.
Twenty-two-year-old Ruth Sandison, from Kingsknowes, Galashiels, volunteered to join the expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise funds for cancer charity It's Good 2 Give in October next year.
But first she has too raise £3500.
The former Galashiels Academy pupil, who is now studying psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, was just 16-years-old when she was diagnosed with leukaemia.
But, now free of the disease, she revealed she wants to repay the kindness she was shown when she was receiving treatment.
It's Good 2 Give aims to raise £1million to build a purpose built respite home to help young people and their families affected by cancer.
Speaking to the Border Telegraph ahead of Teenage Cancer Awareness Week, which runs from October 1 to 7, Ruth said: "I'm excited to be able to give something back after all the help I experienced from amazing charities during my illness.
"I have never done anything like this before. I know it'll be really hard, very challenging mentally and physically, but it'll be an amazing feeling to reach the top.
"I have climbed the Eildons before they are just mole hills in comparison."
To sponsor Ruth, log on to her fundraising page - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=RuthSandison
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 28 Sep 12
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