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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Party time for NHS staff is a thank you from Chloe

A YOUNG woman from Annan recovering from a brain tumour has more than one reason to celebrate this weekend.

Having just turned 17 on Sunday, Chloe Cameron is throwing a special fundraising bash in Dumfries as a ‘thank you’ to NHS staff who work tirelessly to provide vital care.
Annan Academy pupil Chloe said: “It’s to give thanks to the NHS staff, and for the charities I’m doing it for — Ronald House and The Brain Tumour Charity.”
She added: “Ronald House put up my dad and my brother Andrew for free for a month.”
It’s now a year since Chloe was found to have a benign brain tumour just after her 16th birthday.
The treatment for the pilocytic astrocytoma involved removing a vertebra from Chloe’s spine as well as an area of her brain called the cerebellum.
The latter element left her with mobility issues and impacted on her balance, which is improving.
Mum Susan said: “Chloe’s got a lot better and is walking more without needing crutches or a wheelchair and her stamina is lot more improved.
“She’s under surveillance for the next four years with neurosurgery Glasgow Royal Sick Children’s Hospital.
“She’s still got double vision and is going for surgery at the end of May to try to improve it.”
Chloe has been keen to thank NHS staff in Glasgow and Dumfries, and is grateful for ongoing support from Ward 15 — with nursing staff set to attend.
Saturday’s event at The Cairndale Hotel is set to feature about 200 guests, a buffet backed by Seabrook Crisps, a raffle featuring a host of prizes including a £100 bracelet donated by Pandora, and live music from bands Boneshaker and Shakedown.
And Susan said: “They are totally doing this for nothing, which is an amazing gesture.”
Chloe is looking forward to the event, and welcoming the NHS staff.
She said: “They’re all really, really excited.”
And she added: “They don’t usually get invited to a party that’s for them, and to give thanks to them.”

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