Abbi makes a stand against breast cancer

Bacton Middle school pupil Abbi Blair, 10, stayed on her feet for the whole day as a tribute to her mum who is battling terminal breast cancer.  FL;  Pupil Abbi Blair, 10, with her friends
Bacton Middle school pupil Abbi Blair, 10, stayed on her feet for the whole day as a tribute to her mum who is battling terminal breast cancer. FL; Pupil Abbi Blair, 10, with her friends
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A brave ten-year-old girl spent the entire school day on her feet as a tribute to her mum who is battling terminal breast cancer.

Abbi Blair, from Stowmarket, rounded up her friends to join her on the challenge at Bacton Community Middle School on Friday.

Abbi’s mum Claire was given just two weeks to live in 2006 when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

But seven years on Claire is still battling the cancer doctors say cannot be beaten.

Claire said she was very proud of her thoughtful daughter.

“I think it is absolutely fantastic Abbi’s chosen to do this entirely on her own,” she said.

“She’s already raised £250. I am so proud of her.”

Abbi said: “A lot of people start fund raising in memory of others when it’s already too late.

“I don’t want to do this in memory of anyone, I want to do it to help people living with cancer like my mum.

“It’s about making a difference now.”

Abbi’s challenge was part of a joint fund raising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 - last year the event raised more than £8 million.

Since her diagnosis, Claire has undergone chemotherapy fives times.

She said Cancer Research UK’s work in researching drugs such as herceptin, tamoxifen and carboplacin were vitally important.

“Herceptin is the reason I am still here, she said.

“That’s why I am passionate about research - without it people like me wouldn’t stand a chance.”

Paula Young, Cancer Research UK’s Suffolk spokeswoman, said: “Abbi is a true inspiration and a credit to her family.

“Claire has been battling metastatic breast cancer most of Abbi’s life and the family always support Race for Life.

“For Abbi then to rally her friends and Stand Up to Cancer all day at school shows exceptional maturity and determination.”

For further information about the Stand Up to Cancer campaign visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk