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Laura's story

showbiz, surrogacy and leukaemia

18th November 2019

Laura Boyd, STV presenter and Worldwide Cancer Research ambassador, discusses her personal reasons for supporting our early stage cancer research.

In 2009, I was diagnosed with cancer – chronic myeloid leukaemia. This type of cancer affects your white blood cells and progresses slowly over time. Despite the initial shock that came with the diagnosis, my life has remained fairly normal thanks to improved medications.

By taking chemotherapy tablets twice a day, I’ve been able to continue working in television, interview some of the biggest stars in the world, go out with my friends and travel. Now, after an incredible family member offered to be a surrogate, my husband and I are expecting a baby girl.

Backing the bold

I wouldn’t have been able to do any of these wonderful things without the drug therapy that allows me to manage my cancer. That’s why, when I was offered the chance to work with Worldwide Cancer Research as an ambassador, I knew I had to get behind the charity.

By putting their faith in the power of people, and funding researchers working on hundreds of brilliant projects, Worldwide Cancer Research takes the first step on the journey to finding new cancer treatments and cures.

The more pioneering research that Worldwide Cancer Research can fund, the sooner cancer will no longer be feared. My own experience has taught me the importance of this vital work, which is why I’m so thrilled to be supporting research that could improve the lives of cancer patients across the world.

If you would like to share your own inspiring stories, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with our PR & Communications team by emailing stories@worldwidecancerresearch.org or calling +44 (0)300 777 7910.