Brave Finn inspires fundraiser

Finn Mackin (17 months) was diagnosed after a large tumour in the socket of his left eye,
Finn Mackin (17 months) was diagnosed after a large tumour in the socket of his left eye,
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The Stonehaven family of a little boy battling cancer have said they have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from their community.

Finn Mackin was diagnosed with a rare form of acute myeloid leukaemia called myeloid sarcoma in February, just two weeks before his first birthday.

Since then Finn has been on a gruelling course of treatment, and along with parents Siobhan Rolinson and Stephen Mackin, has spent hardly any time at home. He is due to receive one more cycle of chemo, before spending several months in Glasgow where he will undergo a bone marrow transplant.

Last month, Finn’s dad, Stephen, popped into The Men’s Emporium barber on Thistle Street, Aberdeen, for a haircut.

He got chatting to his hairdresser and opened up about everything his family are going through. Hairdresser Vikki Kane was so moved that she has since set up a crowdfunding page (www.crowdfunding.justgiving.com/v-kane) in Finn’s name.

There is also a Facebook page, “Finn’s Story”, where you can find out more about further fundraising which has been planned.

Mum Siobhan said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the girls from men’s emporium and can’t believe they are giving up so much time to organise a fundraiser. We are also touched by the response from the wider community - people we haven’t even met have donated money!

“We would love to get Finn a couple of treats for being so brave but want the majority of money raised to go to the ARCHIE foundation. Among other things, they provide excellent facilities for parents saying in the hospital which we have utilised since February which has taken a lot of stress out of our situation. We take in turns to sleep beside Finn while the other sleeps in the parents accommodation to avoid having to travel to/from Stonehaven.”.