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Young mum prepares to take to the catwalk to say thank you to cancer charity

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A young mum from Cheshire, who was diagnosed with cancer, is preparing to take to the catwalk to raise money for the charity that helped her.

Honor Hailwood discovered she had the disease after finding two lumps on her neck.

Her daughter Isla was only two years old at the time, and Honor just 22.

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But 12 months on, Honor is now in remission and preparing to take to the catwalk at Manchester Airport to raise money

Honor, now 23, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma almost nine months after first visiting her GP.

From summer 2015 to December that year, she visited the doctor several times complaining of ‘excruciatingly itchy’ skin, sharp pains in her lungs and a persistent cough.

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But it wasn’t until February 2016, while playing with Isla at an indoor play centre, that she felt the glands in her neck had swollen up.

After further blood tests and an ultrasound, Honor and her loved ones were finally dealt the devastating news that she had blood cancer.

She added: “I was absolutely gobsmacked. I must have been in shock, my mum said that I was smiling the whole time I was receiving my diagnosis.”

Honor, who lives in Crewe, began treatment on the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Young Oncology Unit at The Christie and underwent six rounds of chemotherapy.

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“I can’t imagine how different my experience of this all would have been without Teenage Cancer Trust and all the things they do to help make things a bit easier for young people.

“Being diagnosed with cancer at such a young age really showed me who was there for me.

"My mum didn’t leave my side for months and dealt with absolutely everything for me.

"I had lots of family support while I was going through treatment for both myself and my daughter, and being a mum myself meant I could never sit about and mope!”

– Honor Hailwood

On Friday, March 31, Honor will be one of around 100 young models to take to the catwalk in this year’s Runway on the Runway at Manchester Airport, many of who are living with or have been affected by cancer.

It’s the third time the event has been held in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, with last year’s show raising more than £40,000.

Honor added: “I can’t wait to take part in the show – even though it will push me right out of my comfort zone! I really feel like it’s time for me to give back to Teenage Cancer Trust – the charity that has helped me so much.”