A courageous Perthshire woman who was diagnosed with cancer for a second time just days after her wedding is set to launch a national fundraising campaign this month.

Lynne Morgan was only hours away from marrying her husband Sam at an Elvis-themed ceremony at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas when she picked up a voicemail on her mobile from her doctor asking her to attend an urgent hospital appointment.

Thew couple pressed on with their big day in April 2017 but after flying home she had her fears confirmed - she was once again facing a battle with the disease.

Lynne had first been diagnosed with breast cancer six years earlier at the age of 35.

The 45-year-old from Blairgowrie has now been chosen in Scotland to launch Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

She is calling on people to stand united against the disease by raising money to accelerate life-saving research by standing up all day, or for as long as they can, on Friday, October 15.

Looking back on her own story, Lynne said: “Love pulled me through the toughest of times.

“Even though I knew in my heart that cancer was back, the day we got married was still absolutely brilliant. My husband loves motorbikes so we arrived at the Little White Chapel on a Harley Davidson and were married by an Elvis impersonator. It was magical.

“I felt so proud to marry this giant of a man who had been a rock for me. Not everyone has the chance to meet the love of their life and I’m fortunate to have found mine.

“We’re there for each other. I want to show that you can live well with cancer. It’s thanks to research and advances in treatment that I’m still standing. I feel pretty good.”

Lynne was a single mum to daughter Ruby Cunningham, then aged five, when she was given her first devastating diagnosis that she had breast cancer in February 2011.

And Lynne admitted she immediately feared the worst.

Lynne with daughter Ruby and husband Sam. Picture by Lesley Martin

“When I was diagnosed with cancer I thought I was going to die,” she said. “And even if I didn’t die, I would go bald.

“I thought cancer meant I now had no chance of meeting someone new to share my life with. It was a frightening time.”

Lynne had surgery at Ninewells to remove the cancer and breast reconstruction then six sessions of chemotherapy over five months followed by 15 radiotherapy sessions.

After slowly recovering, she met Sam (39) for the first time when they both attended a Relay for Life fundraising event for Cancer Research in a muddy field in Blairgowrie.

Former Black Watch soldier Sam had lost his right leg after a bomb blast in Afghanistan when the armoured vehicle he was driving hit an explosive device in May 2009. The couple got talking after Lynne sat down beside him to change in to boots.

“Sam got my attention from the word go,” she recalls. “It was one of those moments. I think we were just meant to meet that night.

“We’ve both seen big challenges in life. Sam coped with so much in Afghanistan and afterwards had much to adjust to coming home too. I hope I’ve done everything I can to support him. And Sam has been there for me to lean on in those days when cancer feels overwhelming.”

After returning from their wedding day, Lynne was told the cancer had spread to her lungs and bones.

She started treatment again and currently gets the chemotherapy drug Eribulin every three weeks. The drug blocks the growth of cancer by stopping cancer cells from separating into two cells.

Lynne, who works in the office of St Stephen’s RC Primary School and Newhill Primary School, is also supported by Ruby who is now 15.

“My daughter was too young to know what cancer meant the first time around,” Lynne explains. “But the second time I was diagnosed, she understood and has been amazing.

“She wrote an essay for school on what it’s been like growing up with a mum who has cancer and her words were insightful. They made me cry but I’m proud of her. I’m touched that she’s joining us to Stand Up to Cancer this autumn.”

Stand Up To Cancer helps to take breakthroughs from the lab and transform them into cutting-edge treatments that could help save lives.

On October 15, people can choose how and where to make their stand to raise vital funds, whether it is on one leg, two legs, on their head, with a walking stick or by doing a wheelie every half an hour if they use a wheelchair. A free fundraising kit is available for inspiration and support.

Those who cannot take part on October 15 can chose another date or fundraise in their own way. Sign up and get a free fundraising kit at su2c.org.uk/standing-up.