December 13 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 19, 2013
A mother suffering from terminal cancer has paid tribute to her 10-year-old daughter after she spent all day standing up at school for charity.
Bacton Community Middle School pupil Abbi Blair has raised hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research UK after a string of fundraisers following the news her mum was battling terminal breast cancer.
And yesterday the brave youngster spent all day standing up at school, joined by 10 friends as part of the nationwide Stand Up To Cancer Day.
Her mother, Claire, of Stowmarket, was given two weeks to live seven years ago and is undergoing treatment to fight the disease.
“I think it is absolutely fantastic Abbi chose to do this,” she said.
“She has already raised £250. I am so proud of her.”
Stand Up To Cancer Day was launched by Cancer Research UK in conjunction with Channel 4. It raised £8million for cancer research in 2012 - its inaugural year.
Abbi said: “A lot of people start fundraising in memory of others when it is already too late.
“I don’t want to do this in memory of anyone, I want to do it to help people living with cancer like my mum. It’s about making a difference now.”
Her headteacher, Ian Belham, praised the efforts of the star pupil.
“This fundraiser has been entirely driven by Abbi and her friends,” he said. “I think it is fantastic and their motivation makes it all the more powerful.”
Claire said she owes the last seven years of her life to vital cancer research after being prescribed the drug herceptin shortly after being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2006.
Cancer Research UK’s work is behind many important drugs including herceptin, tamoxifen and carboplatin which have saved the lives of thousands of cancer patients.
“Herceptin is the reason I’m still here,” Claire said. “That’s why I’m passionate about research. Without it, people like me would not stand a chance.”
She has undergone chemotherapy five times since being diagnosed. The first time she found a lump in her breast was in December 2011.
Now she is part of a new research study which involves having a new chemotherapy drug once every three weeks to try to stop the cancer spreading further.
Paula Young, spokesman for the Suffolk branch of Cancer Research UK, described Abbi as a “true inspiration” and a “credit to her family”.
“Claire has been battling metastatic breast cancer most of Abbi’s life and the family always support Race for Life,” she added.
“For Abbi to then rally her friends and Stand Up to Cancer all day at school shows exceptional maturity and determination. We wish her the very best of luck with her challenge.”