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Deborah James feels supported after announcing that she is in hospice care while battling bowel cancer.
During an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, the British radio presenter reported that she had raised more than £1 million (US$1,233,00) in 24 hours for the Bowelbabe Cancer Research Fund initiative.
“I am absolutely stunned,” James told the BBC. “I can’t thank people enough for their generosity. It means so much to me. It makes me feel totally loved. But it makes me feel like we’re all finally together and we all want to make a difference and say, ‘You know what?'” Oh my gosh, Cancer.” You know, we can do better.”
“We can do better for the people and we just need to make it clear to him who’s boss,” she continued.
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Speaking about her Bowelbabe Fund, she told the outlet, “I’ve always known there was one thing I wanted to do before I died. But you don’t quite realize how short we have time to organize things all of a sudden. If I were already thinking ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to die’ “Maybe I would have started organizing six months ago.”
James, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016, according to the BBC, said her father and girlfriend stepped in to help organize the online campaign.
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“Over the past five years I’ve campaigned, talked about awareness, shared my story of a cause — laughs, laughs, sharing that you can live with cancer, unveiling what cancer can look like…but what I want to happen in the end is That I don’t want any other Deborah to go through this. We know that when we catch cancer early, we can cure it.”
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“Before I died, the only thing I knew I wanted to do was create a fund that could continue working on some of the things that gave me life like innovative drug studies,” she said of Bowelbabe.
In an emotional message shared on Instagram on Monday, the BBC presenter revealed she lives in a shelter, writing in part, “The message I never wanted to write. We’ve tried everything, but my body simply isn’t playing ball. My active care has stopped and I’ve been moved.” Now to the hospice at home, with my wonderful family all around me and focus on making sure I’m not in pain and spending time with them.”