A young Scots dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer after going to the doctors complaining of a sore back.
Craig Bailey, 34, has been given just two years to live after doctors discovered a cancerous tumour in his lungs at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on August 6.
Further tests showed the disease had already spread to his liver, kidneys, stomach, spine, adrenal system and lymphatic system.
The dad-of-two, from Ratho, Edinburgh, experienced no symptoms other than a pain in his back and shoulder for two months prior to visiting his GP.
The welder, who is dad to Jason, 4 and Caleb, 2, originally thought he needed a new mattress before speaking to his GP.
But his world was turned upside down when scans showed cancer had aggressively spread throughout his body.
Family friend Lynda Rogers, who has set up a fundraising page to help ease the financial burden for Craig’s family said: “It’s truly devastating. This young family’s life has been torn apart.
“Craig has a beautiful young family.
“He’s a dad to two baby boys who have no understanding of what the future holds. He is remaining positive and strong with his situation and is not looking for sympathy.
“He doesn’t want people crying around him, instead he wants to make as many memories with Jason, Caleb and wife Donna and the rest of his family and friends.
“They all know there are darker times ahead but they are not focusing on them.
“Craig’s priority is now making every day the best day he can .”
The only treatment option available to Craig is one week of radiotherapy.
He will then undergo chemotherapy thereafter every three weeks and will continue as long as his body can take it.
Lynda added: “A family so young are understandably unprepared financially for such a tragedy and the last thing they should be worrying about is money.
“Please help me to raise some cash and ease the financial burden and help make the best of the little time they have left with each other.”
So far Lynda has raised almost £1500 for the family.
Craig said he would like to take his boys to Disneyland Paris and Lapland if possible.
He would also like to take Donna on a date to a log cabin, as well as driving an American muscle car and going on a helicopter ride.
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