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Family to set up cancer event remembering Stuart Lawtie

Stuart Lawtie
Image caption Mr Lawtie's family want to help young cancer patients and their families

The family of an Aberdeen man who died of cancer aged 27 are planning to set up an annual conference in his memory.

Stuart Lawtie, who was described as an "inspiration" by doctors that treated him, lost his battle with bowel cancer in February.

His family want to establish a lasting memorial which they hope will help other young people with the disease.

The conference will bring together doctors, nurses and the families of young people with uncommon cancers.

The first "Stuart Lawtie Day" will be held at the Western General in Edinburgh where he received much of his treatment.

Stuart was diagnosed with colo-rectal cancer when he was 25 and spent the next two-and-a-half years in hospital or being cared for at home.

He underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and 12 operations.

But the cancer was aggressive and he was eventually told it was terminal.

He passed away on 11 February 2011.

Stuart's father Andrew Lawtie said "He had a fantastic spirit. He was an inspiration to the medical staff, the nursing staff and the oncologists."

His family are raising funds for the "information sharing" conference and hope to make it an annual event, held in different places around Scotland.

Mr Lawtie said he thought it was something his son would have approved.

He added: "He would have been very, very proud. He would have been quite modest about the whole thing.

"But I suppose there would be a little twinkle in his eye at the thought that Stuart Lawtie's name going on for ever and ever."

The family are planning to hold a series of fundraising event later this year.