The John MacDougall Mesothelioma Trust was established in January 2010 in memory of the Late John MacDougall M.P for Central Fife. John's Daughter Julie felt it was fitting to set this Trust up in John's memory given his own working life and achievements and his dedication to helping others.
John took part in the MARS trial (Mesothelioma And Radical Surgery) in 2006 and was committed in trying to assist the medical profession in finding a suitable way to tackle this disease. He showed tremendous courage from the start until the very end of his extremely extensive challenging treatment which lasted over two years. Anyone that knew John would know his optimistic outlook on life and his great passion to learn and help others - he refused to accept that there could be no solution to this illness. Sadly, the MARS trial did not work for John; however Julie his daughter is aware after many long conversations throughout his illness, that he wanted the information and knowledge gained to be used beneficially to help others who may be diagnosed with this terminal cancer. Which was typical of John's giving nature.
Our aim therefore is to support quality Mesothelioma research projects - which we are aware is a worldwide issue and to assist the medical research locally by setting up a lecture in Fife. We aim to offer sufferers and their families in Fife the best support we can to help them cope with this cruel disease. We will be concentrating locally in the Fife area initially where John worked as the local M.P. and raising the awareness through John's much recognised profile. Early detection is crucial in trying to tackle this illness, so the more people that can be made aware of the symptoms, the more chance we have of helping find ways of treating it and hopefully eventually to finding a cure.