One In A Million


DEBBIE DEAN is a friend in a million: £1,000,000 that is. That’s the incredible sum she plans to raise for cancer charities in memory of her sister and best friend, who lost her life to the disease in February this year.

Mother-of-one from Glasgow Roseann Gallagher was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on November 17, 1999. She was given a 48% chance of survival for the next five years, and began creating a book of personal accounts by people who had lived through the disease called Cancer No Not Me! She wanted to raise £1,000,000 for cancer care through fundraising and the book sales (

Now 43-year-old sister Debbie has taken up the baton. Already she has raised more than £2376, having taken part in the Great Scottish Run half-marathon.

She is currently in training for a gruelling 380km cycle through Yosemite National Park in California in October with Roseann’s son Billy and her sister Janet.

First, however, will be a Zumbathon at Penilee Community Centre in Glasgow on April 27 from 11.30am.

Debbie recalls the courage and ambition of her sister, saying: “In August 2011 Roseann was diagnosed with secondary cancer in her lungs, bones, then later to her liver. Her health had to come first and Roseann choose to spend quality time with her family and on 22nd of February 2013 she passed away peacefully at home with her son and I by her side.

“I want to finish what Roseann started and continue with her pledge. I have been raising funds through selling space on my cycling T-shirt.

“Greenbelt have kindly stepped forward and made a fabulous donation and it is with pride I shall wear their logo on my top. I can’t thank them enough for the boost to my Just Giving page.”

We wish Debbie all the very best in her courageous endeavour. If you would like to help Debbie with her fund-raising efforts, you can visit her page and donate at