A YOUNG man who was left blind in one eye after battling a rare cancer has been nominated for one of the Pride of Edinburgh Awards.
Michael Boyd, 31, of Dalry, who has been nominated for the Bravery/Courage Award, was 29 when he was given the devastating diagnosis.
He could feel a lump in his eye and when his sight started to get worse, he went to the opticians and was sent directly to a specialist unit in Glasgow which told him it was cancerous.
He had surgery to remove the lump before being sent to another hospital in Liverpool where he underwent a week of proton beam therapy, a treatment which blasts the eye with radiation.
Despite the gruelling treatment, and losing the sight in his eye, Michael has been told there is a chance the cancer could spread.
“There’s not so much of a cure for it but they monitor it and try to stop it growing outside your eye and they have got it contained but I still have a 50/50 chance of it spreading and have to go for a check-up every six months for the rest of my life.”
However, the IT specialist has refused to let the cancer dampen his spirits and set up his own movie blog at screen kickermovies.com while on sick leave. He is still looking on the bright side, joking that “I actually save money because I only have to use one contact lens every day”.
Michael was nominated by his work colleague Rachelle Jannetta, 45, of Bruntsfield, who said he was an inspiration.
“Michael was incredibly unlucky to get it but I just think the way he’s dealt with it is incredible,” she said.
“We were all watching him go through it and he had come out the other side, but the fact he has to live with it everyday and manages to pick himself back up is what I think is really brave.”
The Bravery/Courage Award, sponsored by the Omni Centre, is one of 13 separate awards up for grabs in the awards being run in conjunction with Lidl.
Nominations are also open for The Child of Achievement Award sponsored by Lothian Buses Family Day Ticket. It’s open to youngsters under 13 who have already shown exceptional achievement. It may be a child who has overcome great odds. Someone who has sacrificed much of their childhood for the needs of someone else.
Or perhaps a child who has been a pillar of support to a local cause or charity.
The awards are open to anyone who lives in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 16, at the Assembly Rooms.
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How to nominate
THE Pride of Edinburgh awards are open to anyone who lives in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Winners will be announced on Friday, May 16, at the Assembly Rooms.
The easiest way to nominate someone for The Pride of Edinburgh Awards is by visiting www.prideofedinburgh.co.uk
This dedicated website will allow you to choose which category you wish to enter, as well as allowing you to tell us all about your nominee.
If you prefer to enter by post, please send your entry to Edinburgh Evening News, The Pride of Edinburgh Awards, 108 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS. Entries must include your name, address and telephone number.
Please make it clear which category you wish to enter your nominee for and explain why you think they deserve to win the award.
The closing date for entries is Monday, April 21.