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Teesside cancer survivor, eight, picked for TV advert

An eight-year-old girl from Teesside who beat cancer has become one of the stars of a TV advertising campaign.

At the age of three, Anna Robinson was diagnosed with leukaemia and given stronger than usual chemotherapy in a drugs' trial.

Anna, of Middlesbrough, has now been cancer-free for two years.

She will appear in the campaign for Cancer Research UK.

Anna's mother Heather, 32, a nurse, took her to the doctors in January 2006 after she complained of pains in her legs and loss of appetite.

Asking for autograph

She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Mrs Robinson said: "It was like having the wind knocked out of you - you can't breathe.

"I couldn't quite grasp it - it was like a dream and everything slowed down.

"It's always in the back of your mind that you're going to lose them, but one time in particular when she was so poorly she couldn't open her eyes and she couldn't even bare to have the sheet on her as it hurt her.

"But she's a stubborn little thing and I'm very very proud of her because she fought through it."

Cancer treatment has advanced so far that leukaemia sufferers are now four times as likely to survive for at least 10 years than they were in the 1970s, according to Cancer Research UK.

Anna said: "I'm going to be okay. People say to me: 'Oh Anna I saw you on television' - and my friends have been asking for my autograph."

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