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RACHEL WINS AWARD IN CANCER STRUGGLE.

Byline: Matt Lloyd

A WOMAN diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19 has been honoured for her efforts at raising awareness of the disease.

Rachel Williams, now 23, from Perry Barr, is in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma, the UK's fifth most common cancer.

And since her diagnosis three years ago she has campaigned tirelessly to make more people aware of the illness and helped restart the Lymphoma Association's West Midlands support group.

Recently she was rewarded for her efforts at the association's Beacon of Hope awards in London.

Even as she received her award she took the opportunity to urge those affected by the illness to seek help.

"It's hard to believe that lymphoma has such a low profile, as it is the fifth most common cancer in the UK," she said.

"If you or anyone you know has been affected by lymphatic cancer, please get in touch with the lymphoma Association. The charity provides free information and support to anyone affected by lymphatic cancer, whether patient, friend, relative or carer."

The citation for her award said: "She always gives her support to others and often stays on Facebook until the early hours in the morning, talking to people who have just been diagnosed or want to talk to someone who understands what they are going through."

As well a check for pounds 250 Miss Williams also received a trophy.

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Date:Oct 5, 2011
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