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CLAIRE McCormick was an ordinary teenager who became an extraordinary inspiration.

At the age of just 15, she was diagnosed with an incredibly rare cancer and given just weeks to live.

As the disease spread through her body, only child Claire refused to give in and battled courageously for eight months before she died.

It was important to her that she continued to live like a normal youngster. But she also used much of her precious time to raise money to help other cancer-stricken children.

Her astonishing bravery and cheerfulness have moved her mother and stepfather to dedicate the rest of their lives to raising money for cancer charities.

Claire's story can also be an inspiration to the rest of us.

If a teenage girl with a terminal disease can selflessly think of others in her final weeks, we can all do our bit once in a while to help those who are suffering.

The next time you're asked to put your hand in your pocket for a cancer charity, remember the remarkable short life of Claire McCormick.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 20, 2006
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