Teenager raises £30,000 for cancer charity – while fighting the disease herself

Alex Turner, 15, has just been diagnosed with throat cancer and is due to start radiotherapy and chemo. She aims to raise �50k for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Alex Turner, 15, has just been diagnosed with throat cancer and is due to start radiotherapy and chemo. She aims to raise �50k for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

AN amazing South Tyneside teenager has reached the £30,000 mark in her fundraising drive –and she is doing it as she recovers from her own fight with laryngeal cancer.

Fifteen-year-old Alex Turner, from Westoe Road, in South Shields, has defied all the odds.

Alex Turner, 15, has just been diagnosed with throat cancer and is due to start radiotherapy and chemo. She aims to raise �50k for the Teenage Cancer Trust.'Dog Poppy

Alex Turner, 15, has just been diagnosed with throat cancer and is due to start radiotherapy and chemo. She aims to raise �50k for the Teenage Cancer Trust.'Dog Poppy

She is battling back from the uncommon type of cancer that develops inside the tissue of the voicebox.

Doctors thought brave Alex would still be using feeding tubes and still paying regular visits to hospital.

But instead, she is doing astonishingly well and leading a fundraising campaign for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

It’s less than five months since she was diagnosed with a disease which is thought to affect just one in every 100,000 people and is rare in those under 40, with most cases affecting people aged 60 or over.

But just 18 weeks since her diagnosis, a £35 donation on her Just Giving page has pushed the total raised by Alex and her team beyond £30,000.

Today, Alex was nominated for the Best of South Tyneside awards in the Child of Courage category.

The nomination came from her proud dad Mark and mum Joanne, both 41.

They said: “Her treatment was aggressive and tough as she underwent 30 radiotherapy and six chemotherapies in six weeks.

“She is a role model to others, inspirational, courageous and her determination to succeed is simply amazing.”

The St Wilfrid’s RC College pupil, who has an eight-year-old sister Kaysie, is aiming to raise £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity which 
helps young people and their families.

Mark added: “She is amazing all the doctors with her recovery.

“We are very proud of her and how she has handled all of this, and then to set up a charity as well, it is unbelievable.”

Alex joins an already impressive list of entries for our competition.

We want many more nominations between now and the deadline of Friday, April 10.

The awards will culminate in a glittering finals night at the Quality Hotel on June 25.

•Enter your nominations here: http://www.jpne-events.co.uk/best-of-south-tyneside-nominate/
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