Choreographer and dance teacher Jacqui had surgery to treat melanoma in 1993; 17 years later the cancer returned.

Jacqui is terminally ill and her campaign - Jacqui’s Million – raises funds for Leeds Hospitals Charity, which supports Leeds Cancer Centre, where she has been a patient for the last 13 years.

"After being cancer free for so many years, some say I am extremely unlucky it returned. I say I am blessed as I was referred to Leeds Cancer Centre. I’m well known there as I’m probably one of their longest standing patients!

When you walk into the Bexley Wing you know you are in a very special place and in the best possible hands, with the best care. The melanoma was on my leg. Three operations have ensured I kept doing what I do best – dancing and choreography.

But then, the cancer spread to my lungs. In 2015, my right lung was removed. I had colitis and pneumocystis and almost died. But I’m still here. I’m currently on immunotherapy, which I call my ‘wonder drug.’

I live every day to the full. I have a podcast, Cancer Journeys, to share stories from anyone involved with or affected by cancer. It’s uplifting. It’s important for me to offer peer support – hope and positivity - to other patients and their families in their time of need.

We need to help our NHS, so they can continue to care for us. Fundraising for Jacqui’s Million is the most rewarding job, the people I meet and the connections I make are so special."

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