A SCHOOLGIRL who has battled back from cancer is joining celebrities in helping to raise awareness and money into vital research of the deadly disease.
Klaudia Robinson, who underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour, is supporting the new drive called Stand Up to Cancer.
The campaign by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 is inspired by similar celebrity-backed campaigns in America.
Klaudia, now 13, underwent a two-hour operation to remove the one-kilogram tumour in 2010 after scans revealed it was attached to her left ovary.
That was followed by an intense 12-week course of chemotherapy.
Klaudia, who attends St Hild’s School, in Hartlepool, is helping Cancer Research UK spread the word about Stand Up for Cancer by donning a campaign a T-shirt.
It is urging men, women and children to raise funds for vital research into the devastating disease.
Klaudia’s mum Karen Robinson, 37, from Dowson Road, Hartlepool, said: “It’s thanks to research that Klaudia is still here.
“I am so grateful for the treatment that saved her life.
“Sadly, however, not everyone survives.
“We need to fight back against this disease by raising money so that brilliant research can be translated into treatments for patients faster.”
Next month Channel 4 will feature a week of programmes culminating in a live fundraising entertainment extravaganza on Friday, October 19.
A host of TV, music and film stars are already supporting Stand Up To Cancer including Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Carr, Davina McCall and Embarrassing Bodies’ Dr. Christian Jessen.
Paul Wadsworth, of Cancer Research UK, said: “One in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.
“We are entering a golden age of cancer research and every pound we raise takes us a step closer to achieving our goal to beat this disease.
“By boosting funding right now, the best research teams will be able to develop new treatments, bring cures faster and save more lives.”
Stand Up To Cancer t-shirts and hoodies are available from Cancer Research shops.
Wristbands costing £1 each are also available from the charity shops and Tesco from October.