Pompey players and survivors stand up to cancer

Eric and Maureen Chivers from Emsworth. Eric is heaping praise on the NHS for the superb teatment he recieved when he was in hospital with a serious illness     'Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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CANCER survivor Stevie Webb is supporting a cause to help kick the disease out of people’s lives for good.

The 28-year-old was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer only two months ago.

(l-r) Mark Catlin, Tom Craddock, Tony Male, Stevie Webb, Alan Knight and Ricky Holmes at Fratton Park. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142661-507)

(l-r) Mark Catlin, Tom Craddock, Tony Male, Stevie Webb, Alan Knight and Ricky Holmes at Fratton Park. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142661-507)

Now, after having the lump removed and about to begin chemotherapy, Stevie is in a line-up with Pompey players and officials who are supporting Stand Up To Cancer.

The joint fundraising campaign by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 is being backed by Portsmouth Football Club and Stevie.

She said: ‘I found a small lump on my right breast at the end of May this year.

‘I went to the doctors and they said it could be hormonal, to keep an eye on it and if it didn’t go in two weeks then I should come back.

‘Two weeks later it was still there and I was sent on to Queen Alexandra Hospital for tests.’

A biopsy revealed Stevie, who was then 27, had breast cancer.

It was two days before she ran the Race for Life, and raised more than £700.

Ten days later the lump was removed, but as Stevie is young, she will shortly start chemotherapy and then radiotherapy, to ensure the cancer does not return.

She is backing the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

Stevie, of Highland Road, Emsworth, said: ‘I was very lucky they caught it early.

‘The lump was so small my doctor was surprised I found it.

‘There is no family history but I knew something was not right.

‘My mum has had non-cancerous lumps before, which is why I check myself.

‘I would encourage people to make sur they know their body and check for lumps.

‘Cancer has no age limit and that’s why it’s important we all fight it.’

Portsmouth is one of 15 cities that has been chosen to hold a march against cancer.

Touchline Tony Male wants people to get behind the campaign by taking part in the first March On Cancer event in Portsmouth, next month.

He said: ‘Pompey always gets behind the community and we support this event.

‘For me it’s very personal as both my mum and sister died from breast cancer.

‘And it is something other members of my family have suffered from.

‘As with the Great South Run and Race for Life, we urge people to get behind this cause.’

People urged to take part in 45-minute procession

PEOPLE are being asked to come together and join in to take part in an anti-cancer rally.

Portsmouth is one of 15 cities which will host Stand Up To Cancer on Saturday, October 11.

Starting at 7.30pm in Castle Field, Southsea, participants will come together and march for 45 minutes through the streets accompanied by live music, entertainment and stories from people who’ve beaten cancer.

For more information and to get involved visit standuptocancer.org.uk