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Sidcup dancer to hold cancer benefit show

PUBLISHED: 09:12 24 May 2012

Stephanie Still (front and middle) performing in the World Tap Championships

Stephanie Still (front and middle) performing in the World Tap Championships

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A dance student from a Sidcup college is holding a charity dancing and singing fundraiser as she celebrates her second chance of life.

Stephanie Still, from Bird College, Station Road, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour last May.

She has organised the event with classmates and teachers at St John the Evangelist Church in Church Road, Sidcup, on June 12. from 7.30pm.

Proceeds from the show will go to the charities Clic Sergeant and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The 21-year-old said: “I think when I first got diagnosed I was quite naive. I thought it would be over quickly and I wasn’t really aware of the seriousness of it all. Maybe I was trying to block it out.”

The dance and performing arts student had the 4.5cm growth removed days after its discovery and underwent six weeks of intensive radiotherapy.

Stephanie said: “It’s been a long old recovery. There have been some complications but touch wood I’ve seen off the worst of it.

“The radiotherapy made me feel quite isolated because I was by far the youngest there but getting involved with the trust has shown me how many people there are going through what I am.”

The dancer reached the semi-finals of Sky programme Got to Dance with her group Tap Attack before her diagnosis and was captain of the England team that finished second at the World Tap Championships in 2010.

Determined

She is getting her strength back and is looking forward to the show.

Stephanie said: “Ticket sales have gone very well. I haven’t set myself a target but anything will be brilliant.”

She will continue fundraising after the event.

“I’m doing the Race for Life in July. I’m a little bit nervous because it’s the most exercise I’ll have done since I got ill but it should be fun,” she added.

For tickets email beatit@live.com. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children and students while cancer sufferers go free.

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