Brave Leeds doctor almost at £50,000 charity target

Dr Kate Granger and her husband Chris Pointon.
Dr Kate Granger and her husband Chris Pointon.
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She’s spent the last year determined to live her life as fully as possible.

Now terminally ill cancer patient Dr Kate Granger is sharing her special experiences to help boost her massive fundraising for a Leeds hospital.

Dr Granger, winner of the Judge’s Award at the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards, has almost reached her £50,000 target.

And the 31-year-old’s latest scan showed her cancer had not progressed.

She said: “It is virtually unheard of for this type of cancer to remain stable off treatment for such an extended time period.

“Our fundraising also continues at a pace and we are up to about £44,000 now.”

The doctor, from East Ardsley, was diagnosed in summer 2011 with the rare, aggressive cancer desmoplastic small round cell tumour.

While undergoing treatment she kept a diary which became her first book, The Other Side, about her experience of being a medic-turned-patient.

That was sold for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’s Hospital in Leeds, where she was treated, and was such a success that she penned a second book, The Bright Side.

Dr Granger is currently recovering after an operation but still works as a registrar in elderly medicine at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

Her fundraising also continues, with her husband Chris Pointon signing up to walk the Great Wall of China next year.

During 2012 the couple enjoyed trips all over the world as Dr Granger completed her ‘Bucket List’.

Next Thursday, the calendar featuring photos from their visits will be on sale at a cake sale organised by the doctor and her friends at the Bexley Wing at St James’s from 11am.

Dr Granger, a flute player, is also performing at the Yorkshire Cancer Centre festive concert at the Bexley Wing on Tuesday from 7pm.

* Tickets are available from 0113 206 8444. Donations of baking are welcome for Thursday’s sale.

Calendars, which are £10, are available via: theothersidestory@hotmail.co.uk