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UNITED KINGDOM – A British presenter star of a podcast dedicated to cancer, raised in four days more than 4 million pounds for research, after revealing to be in palliative care, triggering a wave of emotional reactions in the United Kingdom.
“That’s the message I never wanted to write. We have tried everything but my body just does not play the game”, she had written, stressing that she did not know how many days she had left to live and calling for continued donations for research.
Her message sparked a wave of emotional reactions on social networks, with many Internet users praising the “strength” and “generosity” of this mother of two children aged 14 and 12.
The title of Dame was awarded to her by the Queen
She received the honorary title of Dame on Thursday, awarded after the approval of Queen Elizabeth, for her “tireless campaign” against the disease. She had set herself to collect 250,000 pounds, had collected 16 times more on Friday, exceeding 4 million pounds (4.7 million euros).
Since her diagnosis in 2016, Deborah James, a former deputy head teacher, has made a name for herself by co-presenting the BBC podcast “You, Me And The Big C”, a program very popular in the UK. She also wrote a book about her illness.
“Deborah is an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage are a source of strength to many,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted.
If ever an honor was richly deserved, this is it. Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.
My thoughts are with Deborah and her family. She has the country’s love and gratitude.https://t.co/09L6YAnfDt
—Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 12, 2022
Deborah James has told her followers that she left hospital to die alongside her family at her parents’ home in Woking, south-west London.
“It’s been a year since I drank alcohol, but the doctors said to me, ‘Deborah, you’re dying, drink whatever you want,'” she said in a interview published Thursday by the daily The Times. “So I poured myself a glass of champagne.”
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