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Teen survivor joins in cancer campaign
A TEENAGER who survived a rare cancer has joined top stars for a new campaign to raise awareness about fighting the disease.
Hannah Foote, of Uploders, faced months of intenstive treatment after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma when she was 13.
Now the Thomas Hardye sixth former wants to become a children’s nurse to help others.
But the 17-year-old has also backed a new Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 campaign Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, comedian Alan Carr, presenter Davina McCall and Embarrassing Bodies’ TV doctor Dr Christian Jessen are among the stars backing the campaign.
Hannah said: “Thanks to research, I am still here. I am so grateful for the treatment that saved my life. “Not everyone survives.
“That’s why I want to do all I can to get everyone to Stand Up To Cancer.
“I am excited to be involved.”
Channel 4 will support the campaign on-air for a week in October, culminating in a live fundraising entertainment extravaganza on Friday, October 19, uniting scientists, celebrities and communities across the country.
Hannah, who is now in remission, is studying psychology, maths and sociology in the sixth form at the Thomas Hardye School.
She hopes to go on to university in Southampton next year before embarking on a nursing career.
Hannah spends a lot of her spare time fundraising and raising awareness to help others.
She said: “The thought grew from the time I was in hospital – I thought that I would like to be a children’s nurse. The nurses in Southampton were really kind and comforting. Without such good nursing I probably would not have got better.”
She added: “I would like to play a similarly important part, to see other children with cancer getting better and growing in confidence – just like I did.”
Mum Clare said: “Hannah is an inspiration to many with her positive and cheerful attitude. “She is always upbeat, thoughtful and considerate. “I know she will achieve the goals she has set herself and that she will always help others in her journey through life.
“I am proud to be her mum.” Fundraising packs are available with ideas for ways to raise money at home or at work for SU2C – such as being sponsored to wear hair spiked-up for a day.
Cancer Research UK shops also have a wide range of SU2C T-shirts, hoodies for men and women, accessories and wristbands.
As well as Cancer Research UK shops, they will be on sale at Tesco and TK Maxx stores.