Deborah James' Touching Last Moments With Her Family Shared
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A touching moment between Dame Deborah James and her family in her final days left viewers in tears. Watch below:
The intimate moment was shown as part of a BBC documentary, Deborah James: The Last Dance, which was broadcasted on Thursday (30 June) following Deborah's death.
The podcaster, author and campaigner died earlier this week after a five-year battle with bowel cancer which she documented on her instagram account Bowelbabe.
In the documentary, Deborah's family were filmed as they spent precious time with their loved one before she passed away.
Deborah was seen on the sofa as a family member held a laptop showing the webpage for the Bowelbabe fund as it reached a new milestone.
She was also interviewed about the fund in the documentary where she said: "Before I died, the one thing I knew I wanted to do is set up a fund that can continue working on some of the things that gave me life."
Deborah's family proudly took a picture of Deborah to celebrate the incredible donations given to the fund.
"It means so much to me," Deborah added in the interview. "It makes me feel utterly loved. it makes me feel we're all kind of in it at the end together and we all want to make a difference and say 'you know what, screw you cancer'. We can do better. We can do better for people and we just need to show it who's boss."
The target for the fund was originally set at £250,000 however as of Friday 1 July, the total currently stands at an incredible £7,164,386.
The money will be used to help fund clinical trials and research into personalised medicine for cancer patients as well as supporting campaigns to raise awareness of bowel cancer.
Reacting to the documentary on Twitter, one viewer wrote: "Couldn’t not watch this. Yes it made me cry but it also really reinforced how much she achieved and quite how remarkable @bowelbabe was. Feel very honoured that I got to meet and talk to her briefly a few months ago. #f**kcancer."
Another viewer wrote: "Sat crying my eyes out watching The Last Dance about @bowelbabe. What an incredible woman. Life is too, too short ".
A third tweeted their response tot he documentary and reiterated Deborah's key message: "It was sad but also inspiring. #DameDeborahJames really has left an amazing legacy. Thinking of her family. Rest in peace & #checkyourpoo"
You can donate to Deborah's Bowel Babe fund here.
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