Harpenden cancer survivor encourages people to support online campaign

Breast cancer survivor Amy Williams is taking part in World Cancer Day on February 4

Breast cancer survivor Amy Williams is taking part in World Cancer Day on February 4 - Credit: Archant

A breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed just months after turning 30 has joined forces with an online campaign to raise awareness of the disease.

Cancer Research’s #WeWillUnite encourages people to upload a picture with the name of a loved one on their hand on Wednesday, February 4 – World Cancer Day – and make a small donation.

The story of Amy Williams, who lives in Harpenden but is originally from North Yorkshire, is shared on the charity’s website.

Amy, now 31, was diagnosed with breast cancer last May and has now finished her course of radiation treatment.

She took part in a Race for Life event in June while undergoing chemotherapy, raising £2,550.

Amy said: “When I found out I had breast cancer, my world fell apart. But the support of my friends and family helped me through.

“I was a fit and healthy young woman, enjoying all the fun things in life. My 30th year was going to be my year of travels, of life, success and love. Instead it was my year to fight.

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“Everyone has in some way been touched by cancer and it’s great to all work together to try and beat this disease. My Gran died of cancer and I raised £905 for her in 2012 as part of Race for Life.

“I think huge steps have been made in the last ten years and I think only good can come from campaigns such as this.”

She added that on February 4 she will be thinking of her Mum and best friend who have been her “rock” since was diagnosed with the disease.

Amy went on: “Everyone needs to come together to beat cancer for good. Unite with us on #WorldCancerDay by writing on your hand who you are uniting with and share it using the hashtag #WeWillUnite.”

For more information visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/donate/world-cancer-dayDonations of £3 can be made to Cancer Research UK by texting ‘UNITE’ to 70200.