PRINCE William and Kate have said their thoughts are with Deborah James and her family after donating an undisclosed amount to their fundraiser.
Deborah, 40, who is known online as Bowel Babe after campaigning for colon cancer awareness, has raised more than £3million after setting up a Just Giving page.
The former principal was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and has kept her half-million strong Instagram followers up to date throughout her treatment.
In a personal tweet, William and Kate praised Deborah, “Every once in a while someone wins the heart of the nation with their zest for life and their stubborn desire to give back to society.
“@bowelbabe is one of those special people. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and end the stigma of treatment are inspirational.
“We are so sad to hear your recent update but are delighted to support @bowelbabef which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS, among others.
“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and friends. Thank you for bringing hope to so many living with cancer. WC.”
Deborah was treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital, of which William is a patron, and is one of the hospitals that will benefit from her fundraiser.
Even as the mother stares death in the face, her determination to raise awareness of her rare cancer has not waned.
The fundraiser broke the scales in just 24 hours, easily surpassing its original goal of £250,000 shortly after launch.
And it’s now hit the whopping £3million mark, which is an excellent achievement.
Deborah shared how she made the decision to die for her children on their parents’ property so that they would be spared constant reminders at their family home.
After reminiscing about her rollercoaster ride five years after her diagnosis, Deborah said she now faces the “unknown.”
But her steadfast fans sure made her smile with her extraordinary donations.
The 40-year-old, who has advanced and incurable colon cancer, previously told The Sun: “I’m just blown away, I never thought we’d hit that number in 12 hours.
“It makes me emotional to see the outpouring of love x.”
The Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK is Deborah’s latest effort of many to support bowel cancer research and its partners.
“All funds raised will be allocated with the support of CRUK [Cancer Research UK] to fund causes and projects that are really close to my heart,” the website reads.
In a heartbreaking Instagram post on Monday, the mother-of-two said: “I always knew there was one thing I always wanted to do before I die.
“Over the years I’ve always raised so much awareness and money for the charities closest to me. @cr_uk @royalmarsden @bowelcanceruk
“As a result, the @bowelbabefund is formed and I would be happier for nothing than for you to help it thrive.
“Please visit bowelbabe.org for all information and to donate.
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