Andrew Massie was only 25 years old when he passed away on 19th February 2010, just three weeks after being admitted suddenly to hospital. A postmortem revealed he had pancreatic cancer.
Andrew, from Aberdeen, had just become a dad, and baby daughter Ruby was only six weeks old.
Mum, Christine, doesn’t want any other families to go through what her’s has, and it’s why the family have chosen to raise awareness and funds for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland.
The Massie family – mum Christine, dad Gordon, and Andrew’s brother Richard decided to hold a football match in Andrew’s memory. Family friend Scott Fraser also helped with the organisation and the match took place on Saturday 29th February 2020 at Aberdeen Sports Village. Andrew’s ten-year-old daughter, Ruby, kicked off the game.
Christine has been overwhelmed at the response, lots of people turned up to watch.
She said: “Andrew would have loved it. Football was a big part of his life. From the age of three, he had a football at his feet.”
Andrew played for school teams and for Devronvale and Rothes. He earned two caps for Scotland, one for the Boys and Girls Club Scotland (BGCS) and one Under18 cap for the Scottish Youth Clubs Association – where he was captain of the team. He also supported Aberdeen Football Club, as well as Newcastle United.
On the day, the teams consisted of 1) Team Purple, wearing Pancreatic Cancer Scotland t-shirts and 2) Team White, wearing Pancreatic Cancer Action t-shirts.
Also playing was Aberdeen Football Club former player John Hewitt. The Club also donated a signed football and match tickets.
The match ended 4-2. Victory went to Team Purple, managed by Andrew’s brother Richard.
The trophy was donated by Wm Gilcrest Funeral Directors and given to Ruby to take home.
The fundraising total on their Just Giving page is currently £1,110, and generous customers from local pub The Rowan Tree, have also donated an amazing £1,060 through a collection bucket and raffle, taking their total to £2,170.
Christine said: “I had never even heard of pancreatic cancer until Andrew passed away. I was told this was never considered because he was so young.”
“Andrew was my first born and there’s such a void I can’t fill. I have Richard and he is a tower of strength – without him I don’t where I would be, he’s a star.”
“I hope things change. I honestly don’t want any other families to feel the way we feel. If we can get as many people knowing about the disease that will help more than anything.”
To read more or to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andymassie