Boxer helps fight cancer

Jamie Wood from Dunsfold and Sandie Penfold from Horley 'Join the fight for women's survival'.

Jamie Wood from Dunsfold and Sandie Penfold from Horley 'Join the fight for women's survival'.

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THE gloves may be off but amateur boxer Jamie Wood can still pack a punch in the fight against cancer.

The former cancer sufferer from Dunsfold took time out to help launch Cancer Research UK’s breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaign, ‘Join the fight for women’s survival’.

Jamie, 18, showed off his right hook to symbolise the knock-out blow that needs to be delivered to breast cancer, which affects around 48,000 women in the UK each year.

The teenager faced his own cancer battle last year when he was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma - a rare bone cancer.

So he was only too happy to be asked to support those who’ve gone the distance with a different form of cancer.

Photographed in a t-shirt with pink and blue camouflage ribbons which symbolise Cancer Research UK’s campaign, Jamie said: “I’m used to some tough fights in the ring, and more lately outside of the ring - but the ladies I met have all faced tough battles of their own against breast cancer.

“Mine is a different cancer but we all face the same fight - we’re just coming out of different corners.”

Jamie faced 16 bouts of debilitating chemotherapy and 18 hours of surgery before recently being given the all clear. However, he faces many months of reconstruction surgery.

Doctors and fellow boxers have been impressed with his progress and since being diagnosed, Jamie has raised over £30,000 for charity and the London hospital which saved his life.

To ‘Join the fight for women’s survival’ and receive a free Cancer Research UK fundraising pack, visit www.jointhefight.org.uk or call 08701 602040.