A lot has changed since we signed up for this year's Dundee Kiltwalk, writes Marie Mackenzie.
"This time sadly we walk in memory of Michael G Mackenzie who passed away on the 23rd December 2019. Michael was an amazing husband and father, he is a great loss to our family."
In addition, amid the pandemic, the Dundee Kiltwalk has now become a 'virtual event' so after much discussion with various people "we are now going to incorporate our Kiltwalk into our daily exercise and walk within our local community of Lochs," she explains.
"We will don our kilts and set off at 10am on Saturday 4th July and walk from the northern junction of the B897 along past Grimshader, down Schoolhill, along through Crossbost and Leurbost finally finishing outside Sgoil nan Loch.
"This is a distance of 8.5 miles and not quite the same length as the Big Stroll but the best we can do safely within the limitations. We welcome supporters along the way but ask that everyone adheres to the social distancing guidelines that are in place on the day."
Michael was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Mutliforme in January 2018, and he was given around 16 months to live at that time and warned he was unlikely to return to work or a normal life. "Our world was turned upside down." However, Michael had surgery several days after diagnosis to remove as much of the brain tumour as possible and this was followed up by combined radio/chemotherapy over six weeks as an inpatient at the Beatson Institute in Glasgow.
"Michael then went straight back to work as normal, he didn't see his cancer as a fight or a battle to win, merely an inconvenience that sometimes kept him away from work for clinic visits in Glasgow. He would take chemo with his breakfast and then go to meet guests to take them fishing for the day, that's the kind of guy he was!"
Sadly, Michael's tumour regrew in 2019, he had more surgery and went back to work whilst taking a gruelling new chemotherapy regime. He worked right up until the end of November 2019.
"We really appreciate all the support we have already had with this year's fundraising especially those who donated in return for cakes when we didn't know if we would even get to walk!
"Remember all the funds are for the Beatson Cancer Charity who make a huge difference to many islanders whose loved ones are having cancer treatment in Glasgow, plus donating via the Kiltwalk ensures that an extra 50% will be added on by the Hunter Foundation."