FUNDRAISING NEWS: Asbestos widow to raise £100,000 for study into cancer

The widow of a former Royal Navy serviceman who died of mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, has launched a fund to help other sufferers.

Chris Knighton of Wallsend, North Tyneside, is hoping to raise £100,000 over the next three years to finance research into the cancer, which occurs in the sac lining the chest or the abdomen.

Her husband Mick spent 14 years exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy and died of cancer a year ago. It is possible for mesothelioma to strike 30 or 40 years after initial exposure.

She told the Newcastle Chronicle last week: "I'm not trying to get money for myself now, I just want to raise money for research into mesothelioma. Hopefully, this will help other people like Mick who get the disease."

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