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Miracle cancer survivor from Bushey holds fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support at Colindale workplace
Julia Fenton, 38, was given just a five per cent chance of survival when she was diagnosed with a form of cancer 15 years ago
A woman who defied doctors to miraculously overcome an aggressive cancer has raised more than £1,600 for a charity that supports sufferers of the disease.
Julia Fenton was given just a five per cent chance of survival when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and meningitis 15 years ago at the age of 23.
She underwent years of intense chemotherapy and painstaking rehabilitation, had a heart attack on the operating table and endured two stem cell transplants.
But 12 months ago, the spirited personal assistant was given the all-clear by doctors who had told her parents on more than one occasion to give her their final goodbyes.
Now 38, married Julia has become an ambassador for Macmillan Cancer Support to repay the “incredible work” of the charity’s nurses.
On Friday, the former PR worker joined thousands of people across the country in hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning at her workplace Global Forwarding, in Edgware Road, Colindale.
Over the past ten years, she has held various events for the charity, including nightclub fundraisers in her twenties and huge coffee mornings in function halls.
Her Friday fundraiser raised more than £1,600 thanks to match-funding from Barclay’s Bank and a £400 contribution from her employer, along with the cake purchases from supportive colleagues on the day.
Julia, who lives in Bushey, Hertfordshire, said: “It was fantastic. I was really thrilled with the total, and quite relieved. I want to thank Global Forwarding for their support.
“Looking back at my own experience I feel very, very lucky. There were many times when I wasn’t supposed to make it and my parents were told to say their final goodbyes. But I had nothing to lose because of my age and I was feisty.
“You have to give something back – you can’t just take from a charity and it is so important that Macmillan’s services are around.”
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