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Cancer couple raise funds for cancer charity which helped them

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

  • Julie O'Shaughnessy with her consultant and the Magic Rainbow Appeal founder, Dr Yiannakis

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A MILLBROOK couple, who both suffer from cancer, held a fundraiser evening when a £1,500 cheque was awarded to a cancer research charity that has helped them.

The Magic Rainbow Appeal raises money towards helping those with lung and ovarian cancer and has supported Julie O'Shaughnessy, whose consultant, Dennis Yiannakis, set up the appeal.

Mrs O'Shaughnessy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 15 years ago and the charity has helped with her weekly chemotherapy treatments. She was told in 2005 that her form of cancer was incurable.

Julie, 56, and husband Clive, 59, organised the evening at their house and a cheque was handed to Dr Yiannakis.

The couple started to help fundraise for the Magic Rainbow Appeal at the beginning of 2013.

Mrs O'Shaughnessy said: "My family are totally supportive but in actual fact the hardest part of having this horrible disease is having to tell my mum and my daughters that it has started growing again.

"However, over the years, with repeated bouts of chemotherapy interspersed with surgery, Dr Yiannakis has kept it in check.

"My family and myself have developed a close bond with Dr Yiannakis over the past 15 years and have complete trust in him.

"The cheese and wine evening went very well – there were a dozen people here."

The Wreckers Border Morris team raised £706 at their dances throughout last summer towards the Magic Rainbow Appeal charity, which is based at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

The Royal Marine Band Christmas concert at HMS Raleigh also raised £800 in December.

Mr O'Shaughnessy said: "Without the weekly chemotherapy treatment my wife may not still be alive – it has extended her lifespan.

"She's benefited from the chemotherapy. We are incredibly grateful to Dr Yiannakis.

"The fact that the research is being carried out locally is fantastic for local cancer sufferers.

"They can benefit from the trials without having to travel to London."

Mr O'Shaughnessy, the Millbrook town crier, who was diagnosed with neck cancer in December, has taken a break from his duties until May, to allow treatment recovery time.

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