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Kali Lindsay

Heartbroken fiancée pays tribute to her much-loved Northumberland boyfriend who died of cancer aged 27

A grieving fiancée has paid tribute to her much-loved partner who died of cancer aged 27.

Ryan Renton was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia at the age of 19 in 2015 - but the Berwick man endured a gruelling treatment and went into remissions the following year.

Tragically, just three years later Ryan was told the cancer had returned but an attempt to beat the disease was unsuccessful.

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After being told there were no further treatment options on the NHS family and friends rallied together to raise thousands of pounds to allow Ryan to explore alternative treatment options.

Ryan, who was a loving son to Tracy and Brian, and brother to Stacy, took part in a trial but the cancer kept returning and sadly he lost his brave battle on June 10.

His girlfriend Beth Drummond said: "He fought so hard right until the very end. A lot of people would have given up years ago.

Ryan with his girlfriend Beth (Submitted)

"He had 12 treatments, not a lot of people would have that many but Ryan just wanted to live."

Ryan's battle touched the hearts of the Berwick community with people rallying together to raise funds for the much-loved lad.

More than £180,000 was raised to help him receive treatment and tributes flooded social media after he passed away.

Beth said: "It is just nice to see how much everyone loved him and how much he meant to everyone.

"Everyone in Berwick knows who he is because of the fundraising, it was a sad day for Berwick."

Ryan with his dad Brian, sister Stacy and mum Tracy. (Submitted)

Beth added: "He was so brave. He always had a sense of humour to get him through it.

"No matter how much bad news he got, he always said 'Let's go again'."

Beth and Ryan were together for six and a half years and got engaged three weeks ago.

She said: "We had always been talking about it and at that point it wasn't looking good so it was something we wanted to do.

"I just keep looking through my phone at all the pictures and all the videos of us."

Ryan's funeral will take place on Monday, June 19 at the Holy Trinity Parish Church at 11am.

Beth added: "Everyone is welcome. I suspect there will be a lot of people. He touched the hearts of a lot of people."


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