Search

Seven Kings breast cancer survivor has become face of Cancer Research UK

09:53 05 February 2013

Seema Jaya Sharma

Seema Jaya Sharma

Archant

A breast cancer survivor is starring in an inspiring new awareness campaign for Cancer Research UK, which aims to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Seema Jaya Sharma, 35, of Pembroke Road, Seven Kings, is the face of one of the charity’s striking new adverts, which highlights the power of research in beating the disease.

She can be seen in national newspapers and magazines, declaring: “I’m alive today because of research”.

The mum-of-two knows just how crucial new discoveries and breakthroughs are to help people like her survive.

She said: “I was shocked when I was diagnosed with cancer but knew I had to fight it. I was fit and only 32 and I didn’t expect to get cancer. But, thanks to research, I am still here.

“I owe my life to treatment developed by the charity’s scientists so I want to do everything I can to urge people to fight back against the disease.”

Seema, who lives with her daughter, Shanti, six, and son, Kalvin, 14, underwent a lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and she is now in remission.

She has gone on to write, produce and record a song, Alive, about her experience and gives talks in local schools about cancer.

She said: “The posters have been everywhere and I felt really honoured to be asked to take part.

“It all started because my boss wrote to the charity to tell them about my song and I was involved in the TV show, Stand Up For Cancer. I feel so happy to be involved.

“The word everyone keeps using is proud – they are proud of what I have done. And I’ve had people tell me they have begun to donate to CRUK as a result of seeing the ad.”

She added: “I’ve got my life back, now it’s cancer’s turn to be afraid. Success stories like mine would not be possible without the charity’s life-saving work.”

0 comments

Latest Ilford News Stories

15:44
Oakfield Playing Fields in Barkingside

The FA has expressed its disappointment after the council included a playing field in its Local Plan on Thursday.

12 minutes ago
Swaminarayan House Temple followers took part in a charity bike ride

Hindu cyclists pedalled from temple to temple across the capital raising thousands of pounds for a children’s hospice.

17:00
Love Parks Week Woodland Craft Fair at the Hainault Forest Country Park. Geordie of the Green Man Tree Company carves an owl

Willow-weaving, bodging and spoon-making were just some of the rustic activities on offer at a woodland craft fair on Saturday.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now