TEENAGER Tiffany Williams begins her battle against cancer this week as she embarks on a six-month chemotherapy programme – with the goal of soon being in remission.
The determined 18-year-old, of Stratford Road, Blacon, has captured the hearts of people across Chester with her positive outlook and fundraising aims.
Readers of the Leader and sister paper the Standard have been donating money to Cancer Research UK on her behalf, saying they were inspired by her story.
Tiffany spent four days in tears after being diagnosed with blood cancer Hodgkin Lymphoma on June 17 this year – but then vowed to fight back, saying: “I’m done with crying, bring it on!”
Now she has cut her hair short and has a wig on standby as she prepares to undergo tough chemotherapy treatment.
She said: “I’m still feeling positive but I’m nervous too. It’s like being in limbo, I just want to get started now and get better. I’m still determined to be in remission by the new year.
“I’ve got a new short hairstyle so i
t’s not such a shock when I start to lose it.”
Tiffany will soon begin studying tourism management at the University of Chester and wants to work for an airline as a cabin crew member.
“I’m not going to let this ruin my studies,” she said. “The university have given me so much support and I’m going to give it my best shot.”
Tiffany has received support from Kate Northcott, of the Pamela Northcott Fund, who offered to “hold her hand” through her journey. Kate has worked with teenagers with Youth Cancer Trust and started the fund in memory of her mother.
Tiffany has received great support from friends and family, including boyfriend Jonathan, 20, mum Jane, 52, brother Ryan, 20, and sister Keisha, eight.
She said: “Everyone has been so supportive and Kate has been brilliant with me. I can’t thank them enough.”
To donate money, visit www.justgiving.com/BBQer-