Scotland's top golfer Colin Montgomerie says he will 'do anything for mum'. To prove it he is partnering with Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, to build a world-class specialty center for lung cancer victims and their families, at Glasgow.
The building will be named the Elizabeth Montgomerie Center, in memory of the golfer's mother, who died from the disease in 1991.Montgomerie was very close to his mother who incidentally, taught him how to play golf.
AdvertisementThe partnership was made known at a special event held by the Roy Castle Foundation to recognize the progress made by the charity's Women Against Lung Cancer campaign.
Says Montgomerie: "The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is the only charity in the UK wholly dedicated to the defeat of lung cancer, the biggest cancer killer of women as well as men.
"I have supported a range of charities throughout the years, but have decided that I want to concentrate my efforts on one project and to do something that has the potential to make a profound difference to thousands of people's lives."
The center is expected to provide information, support and training for lung cancer patients and their carers.
There will be training for teams of specialists dealing with lung cancer issues, particularly specialist nurses and smoking cessation advisors.
The center will also carry out research into all aspects of lung cancer care, as well as setting up a UK-wide helpline for patients and their caregivers.
Founder of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Professor Ray Donnelly, expressed the organization's delight in having Montgomerie's support.
"His profile will be a significant contribution in helping lung cancer patients throughout the UK, and his energy and passion for the project will be an inspiration to us all," Donnelly said.
About 4,500 people a year are diagnosed with lung cancer in Scotland.
In 2005, more than 4,000 people died from the disease, making it the country's biggest cancer killer.