Cancer survivor Heather Duff has encouraged Scots to unite with TV stars and Stand Up To Cancer on Friday 26 October
Brave Heather Duff, who is fighting cancer for a second time, is urging Scots to unite with some of the brightest stars from TV, film and radio to help save lives.
Heather, 32, was chosen as the face of Stand Up To Cancer in Scotland this autumn after being diagnosed with a brain tumour just four years after overcoming cervical cancer. Heather, who lives in Winchburgh near Edinburgh with her husband Gordon Duff, underwent surgery in September to remove a tumour and faces a second operation in December. Her miniature dachshund dog Parsnip has barely left her side through it all and Heather’s story has inspired people across the nation to raise vital funds for Stand Up To Cancer.
Celebrities including Davina McCall, Alan Carr, Adam Hills, Joel Dommett and Kirstie Allsopp are also backing Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. Viewers can tune into Channel 4 this Friday, October 26, from 7pm as stars from the worlds of entertainment; music and sport do their bit in the fight against cancer. The live extravaganza is heaving at the seams with celebrity packed sketches and tear-jerking moments.
Heather said : "I’ll do anything I can to help bring forward the day when we find a cure for cancer.
“There are times when cancer feels overwhelming but most days I am strong. I hate cancer. I really hate what cancer does to people’s lives. I hate the pressure cancer puts families under and I hate seeing the people I love worry.”
Stand Up To Cancer has raised £38 million since it was launched in the UK in 2012. The funding is used for clinical trials and projects which accelerate the development of new cancer treatments and tests, to help patients and ultimately save more lives.
Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for Scotland, said: “The good news is more people are surviving than ever before, but too many lives are still cut short by this devastating disease. That’s why we need everyone in Scotland to stand up and help take cancer out.
“Every day our scientists and researchers are working tirelessly to beat the disease. But research in the lab alone won’t get us there. We need to raise some serious cancer-crushing cash to speed up breakthroughs from the petri dish into better treatments for patients.
“By supporting Stand Up To Cancer people could help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. The more people that join the fight now, the sooner we can beat cancer for everyone.”
There is still time to get involved, visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk to find out how.