Cancer family highlighted in book

THREE members of an Ipswich family who have all battled cancer are today the subject of a new book.Davina Magill, her son Jay, and her mum Valerie Dobrucki have all fought different types of cancer over the last three years and are all now on the road to recovery.

THREE members of an Ipswich family who have all battled cancer are today the subject of a new book.

Davina Magill, her son Jay, and her mum Valerie Dobrucki have all fought different types of cancer over the last three years and are all now on the road to recovery.

Ms Magill, 36, of Wallers Grove, Ipswich is still undergoing treatment for chronic myeloid leukaemia and her 13-year-old son is recovering from the effects of bone cancer.

Meanwhile, Ms Magill's mum has gone into remission after discovering she had breast cancer last year.


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Richard Collins, Ms Magill's uncle, has now written a book called Treasure That Day charting their “remarkable story”.

The 55-year-old of Fiske Pightle, Willisham, said: “I couldn't cope with things like Davina has. She is a remarkable woman, she really is.

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“She asked me to write the book because I have written a book before and it is to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the children's cancer charity.

“It is difficult to describe what an effect the cancer has had on the family. It has been really upsetting.”

The Magill family have featured in The Evening Star regularly since they launched an appeal to raise money for a family holiday in the wake of Jay's diagnosis.

People from across Suffolk raised hundreds of pounds and the family's dream holiday to Florida became a reality last year.

However, not long after their return they were hit with the news that 54-year-old Mrs Dobrucki had breast cancer.

She has since undergone successful treatment for the disease.

Ms Magill said: “I am really pleased with the book and it is great because ours is a positive story - we have come out the other end.

“Jay is doing well and my mum is in remission.”

Jay's cancer affected 80 per cent of the bone in his leg and he now has to have the joint lengthened regularly.

Initially this caused problems with his knee but the strength in his leg has started to build over the last year.

To order a copy of the book priced at £3.95 sent a cheque, with your name and address to Mr R Collins, 1 Fiske Pightle, Willisham, Ipswich IP8 4SN.

The first 30p of every copy will be donated to CLIC Sargeant with additional profits going to the cause once Mr Collins has covered the cost of production.

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