Starring role for survivor Harry, 22

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A SHEFFIELD student and cancer survivor is playing a starring role in Cancer Research UK’s national campaign to launch its new identity.

Harry Baines, aged 22, who is just starting his third year at Sheffield Hallam University, will appear in adverts across the UK from today. Harry, along with fellow cancer survivors, appears in the big, multi-coloured image of the ‘C’ at the start of the charity’s new logo.

Harry, who is studying English, found a lump on his jaw in 2010 when he was 19. It was rare paediatric follicular lymphoma - but after 12 sessions of radiotherapy at Weston Park Hospital he was given the all clear.

Harry said: “When I got the call asking if I wanted to take part in the new advertising campaign, I jumped at the chance. I was diagnosed when I was 19. It’s such a rare cancer the doctors said I am the only person in my age group in the UK that has been diagnosed. It was a complete shock - you don’t think it will ever happen to you.

“But, thanks to research, I am still here. I am so grateful for the treatment that saved my life. Success stories like mine would not be possible without the work of Cancer Research UK.”