Steph Cade
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Take that cancer – PhD tweet goes viral

Steph Cade
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13 Jul 2012

A couple of weeks ago, Vicky Forster (@vickyyyf) had just learnt she had gained her PhD in Cancer Research, 18 years after beating cancer as a child. What she perhaps didn’t anticipate was that her “fighting talk” tweet to celebrate her honours, would go viral.

"Dear Cancer I beat you aged eight, and today I got my PhD in cancer research. Take that" was retweeted over 4500 times in a few days by blood cancer survivors, patients, relatives, friends and the odd celebrity or two. Her story (and tweet) even began to attract the interest of the national news.

Today, comedian Frankie Boyle was the latest to retweet Vicky’s powerful statement, sending her Great North Run fundraising total up and beyond her £1,000 target. 18 donations have been made today, many off the back of Frankie’s token of support. One generous individual added the note of, “Frankie Boyle’s re-tweet brought me here. Good luck with the run”, to his donation. It’s amazing how powerful a simple retweet can be and how influential this now is in raising as much money as possible to help beat blood cancers. So our thanks go to Frankie Boyle and everyone else for your simple but significant gesture of support. 

If you'd like to sponsor Vicky, please visit her justgiving page.