The family of Anthony Lowe, 52, have begun raising funds for his funeral after their lives were turned ‘upside down’
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The “shattered” family of a man whose “crushing headache” was diagnosed as a brain tumour and terminal lung cancer have begun raising funds for his funeral.
Anthony Lowe, 52, from Glenrothes, Fife, began developing headaches out of the blue at the beginning of this year.
The father-of-two was referred for a CT scan and initially told he may have suffered a stroke or bleed in the brain, but was later informed he had a brain tumour.
Doctors then discovered from a full-body MRI that the tumour had metastasised from terminal lung cancer.
His daughter, Natalie Higgins, 30, told the Daily Record her family’s lives had all “turned upside down” when they heard the diagnosis.
“They confirmed he had a brain tumour, then a full-body MRI confirmed it has spread from his lungs and secondary cancer,” she told the paper.
“It was crushing news. It absolutely shattered our family. Our dad is our world and he’s always been such a tough scaffolder.”
Anthony began gruelling rounds of chemotherapy at a hospital in Dunfermline before undergoing radiotherapy at another hospital in Edinburgh.
Natalie continued: “Dad underwent chemotherapy which showed his lung cancer reduced by 30 per cent but his brain tumour unfortunately got bigger as the chemotherapy was not getting through his blood brain barrier to shrink the tumour.”
Her father’s condition has deteriorated rapidly since last week. As Anthony was rushed into hospital on Tuesday, medics told the family that he had developed pneumonia and sepsis – and did not have long to live.
He has since been moved to a hospice and his family have begun raising money for his funeral as they stay by his side.
Natalie said: “We have told him his angels will be waiting.”
Described by his family as “the hardest working man we know,” Anthony had worked as a scaffolding foreman on Queensferry Crossing in Scotland between 2012 and 2020 before taking a year off during the pandemic to restore a camper van.
“He had planned to spend retirement in the van with his wife and any grandchildren”, Natalie said.
In February, he joined an agency to take on some scaffolding work and was on his last day of a 13-week trial when he was told the devastating news.
As a result, he failed to qualify for sick pay from the agency. His daughter said: “My dad wanted to see his retirement out through this company – instead he missed it by hours as when he got to the Victoria Hospital and got his diagnosis he had to give up working driving. Our worlds went dark.”
“He was then not entitled to a penny sick pay or any payout, he is only getting statutory sick pay from [the] government,” Natalie continued.
She described the financial impact of his medical diagnosis as adding an “unbelievable amount of stress”. “They were down to my mum’s wage, who works for the NHS in Fife.
“My dad has worked every single day since the age of 16, he even worked off shore when we were young children and left a family behind to provide for us. He’s the hardest working man we know.”
Natalie admitted it had been “incredibly difficult” for her family to accept the cataclysmic news. “Everything has moved so quick,” she said.
The family’s fundraiser, originally intended to raise funds to give Anthony and his wife a safety net after his diagnosis, will now to go giving him the send off he deserves and a plot at Markinch Cemetery, as well as a holiday for “his three girls”.
You can donate to the family’s fundraiser here .