Newtongrange teenager backs campaign for new cancer unit

Brandon Hall, Fourth Street, Newtongrange who had cancer and  has been fundraising for a new young persons unit at the Western General Hospital
Brandon Hall, Fourth Street, Newtongrange who had cancer and has been fundraising for a new young persons unit at the Western General Hospital

JUST weeks ago Newtongrange teenager Brandon Hall had a tumour the size of a small melon removed from his chest – now the plucky youngster is turning his attention to helping other young cancer sufferers.

Despite also undergoing a gruelling course of chemotherapy at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital, Brandon (18) and his family have raised nearly £2000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Aged 17, the promising Newtongrange Juniors’ left back was struck down with a germ cell tumour in his chest – a rare cancer which normally affects older men and is more likely to be found in the testicles.

Surgeons removed a tumour the size of a small melon which had been pressing on his internal organs and set him on a course of chemotherapy which caused his hair to fall out and left him battling fatigue.

While he’s full of praise for staff at the Western General who cared for him, the teenager, of Fourth Street, Newtongrange, says he felt lonely and miserable in a ward surrounded by older men.

Read full story in the June 2 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.