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Cancer Shock Just Days After Signing Up For Marathon

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4:17am 27th February 2013
(Updated 4:17am 27th February 2013)

A Falmouth mum signed up to run the London Marathon in aid of a cancer charity, not knowing her own daughter was about to be diagnosed.

Michelle Bray won a fundraising place for CLIC Sargent - but just days later seventeen year Sasha was given the news.

She had originally gone in for a scan after going down with glandular fever.

Michelle said: "Our whole world was blown to pieces.

"We only went over to the hospital because she had glandular fever over the Christmas period and her spleen was enlarged. So we had to go over for an ultrasound on her spleen.

"To be told she had cancer of the liver - it was like someone had shoved us down a deep, dark pit."

The family were given the news at the Royal Cornwall Hospital just days after Sasha had celebrated her seventeenth birthday. They are waiting to hear when she will undergo surgery.

The cancer is understood to affect only one in 200 people.

Michelle said: "Initially she couldn't see past the word 'cancer' and I can't even imagine how she's feeling.

"But, step by step, she's done really well. She's shown a lot of courage and got her head around everything that we've been told and what we've got to go through."

Michelle has bravely decided to carry on with her plan to run the marathon.

You can help her raise money for CLIC Sargent by donating via her Just Giving page here.

4:17am 27th February 2013

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