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Deborah James Damehood has been rushed through by a combination of efforts from royal and governmental sources, as the nation's hearts have been captured by her heartbreaking cancer journey. The cancer campaigner has already raised millions in aid of Cancer Research UK, since revealing her devastating prognosis.
- Deborah James Damehood is said to have been rushed through with combined efforts of the British government, Buckingham Palace, and Kensington Palace.
- The cancer campaigner's fundraising efforts have already earned millions for research charity CRUK.
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Since Deborah James revealed that, after exhausting all treatment options against bowel cancer, she has 'moved to hospice at home care,' an outpouring of support has been sent her way. As the news unfolded and fans reacted, royal fans and supporters Kate Middleton and Prince William sent a heartfelt tribute to the broadcaster.
It's now been revealed that Deborah James' Damehood has been pushed through with the help of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Sun reports that a source said, “William and Catherine were extremely moved by Deborah’s story, both being parents themselves, and were blown away by her campaign."
They added, "William moved heaven and earth to make sure she got this award that she so richly deserves.”
Deborah was, understandably, totally overwhelmed by the news. Speaking to the publication she said, “OMFG, this is crazy. I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honored." She added, “I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.”
Apart from using her public profile to bring attention to the suffering of those affected by her illness, bowel cancer, Deborah also set up a fund in her name called the Bowel Babe Fund (opens in new tab). Money from the fund, set up in collaboration with Cancer Research UK, will go to helping those with the disease and finding more ways to treat it.
At the time of writing this article, £4,319,521 has been raised in Dame Deborah's honor.
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