Brave South Shields girl beats cancer – and vows to help others

SHE DID IT ... Alex Turner has beaten cancer and has vowed to continue fundraising for charity. Pictured with, front mother Joanne Purvis and grandmother Pat Turner. Back sister Kaysie Purvis aged 8 and father Mark Purvis
SHE DID IT ... Alex Turner has beaten cancer and has vowed to continue fundraising for charity. Pictured with, front mother Joanne Purvis and grandmother Pat Turner. Back sister Kaysie Purvis aged 8 and father Mark Purvis

BRAVE schoolgirl Alex Turner has beaten cancer, and now she is vowing to carry on fundraising to help other youngsters with the disease.

The 15-year-old, of Westoe Road, South Shields, was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, an uncommon type of the disease affecting her voicebox, in October last year.

But after having radiotherapy and chemotherapy to fight the disease, there are now no signs of the tumour that threatened Alex’s life.

Her dad, Mark Purvis, said: “She still needs to go for check-ups every month, but there are no signs of the tumour at all now.

“We’re just absolutely over the moon. We feel like all our Christmases have come at once. Alex still gets tired from time to time as she recovers from the treatment, but, generally, she’s back to her old self.”

When she was first diagnosed, Alex vowed to raise £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust to help other youngsters battling the disease.

She has so far amassed about £34,000, but she has promised to carry on and achieve her target.

After that, Alex has plans to start her own charity to offer financial support to families whose children are going through cancer treatment.

Mark added: “Alex wants to help support families financially by helping to pay bills when parents are missing work while their children are in hospital.

“We’re over the moon about it, and, of course, me and her mam, Joanne, and the rest of the family will help her out.

We’re just absolutely over the moon. We feel like all our Christmases have come at once.

Mark Purvis, Alex Turner’s dad

“We’re just so proud of her and how well she’s handled everything she’s been through and all she’s doing to help others.”

Alex’s fundraising was given a recent boost by offshore oil and gas company OGN Group’s donation of £1,618.

To make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/alexandra-turner1

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