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A teacher is set to take on her first open water swim at the Great Scottish Swim with the support of her dad who was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Lisa McGuire, from Brightons in Falkirk, decided to enter the Great Scottish Swim with her dad Jim following their recent trip to the Lake District where he saw the Great North Swim take place.

Jim had been swimming as a hobby following heart surgery to have stents fitted, but during a recent CT scan following this, doctors discovered a tumour in his left kidney.

Jim waited six months following his heart surgery before he underwent an operation at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert to remove the tumour, along with half of his kidney.

Following several complications where he was admitted to hospital for internal bleeding, he is now recovering well and doesn't have to go through chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Although his diagnosis means that he may not be able to take part in the Great Scottish Swim, he is determined to cheer Lisa on from the side lines.

Lisa will take on the one-mile event at the swim on Saturday 25 August and has decided to fundraise for Kidney Cancer Scotland and the British Heart Foundation.

Lisa, 38, said: “My dad had been suffering from chest pain when he went for an angiogram which showed one side of his heart was completely blocked.

“He underwent surgery to fit five stents and was recommended to swim as a form of exercise.

“Following a further scan, doctors then discovered a tumour in his kidney which was devastating for us as he had no symptoms and if they had not found it he may not have been so lucky!

“He underwent surgery to remove half of his kidney and the tumour and the whole experience was devastating for the whole family.

“My dad is a very fit man and has never been ill in his life so it was very upsetting to see him so unwell. Thankfully he has been recovering well and did not need chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

“My mum and dad were enjoying a trip to Loch Lomond and saw the Great North Swim and they said it was an amazing atmosphere and looked like a fantastic challenge, so we wanted to sign up to the Great Scottish Swim together.

“Although he is recovering well we are unsure if he will be able to take part in the swim but there is still hope and he said he will cheer me on from dry land if he is unable to swim.”

The Great Scottish Swim allows thousands of people to take part in an open water swim set in the beautiful location of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

There's a range of distances for all abilities, from 250 metres up to a marathon 10k swim.

Lisa, who works as a PE teacher, added: “When all of this happened, we decided to make the swim a fundraising challenge, so we'll be supporting the British Heart Foundation and Kidney Cancer Scotland, two charities that are now very close to us.

“Even if he cannot take part, nothing would make me happier than seeing my Dad cheering me on with the rest of my family.

“After everything he has been through, just being happy, healthy and cheering loudly would be an absolute blessing for us all.”

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