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Olympic Torch relay: Derby cancer patient vows to take part

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Media captionMaxine said she wants her two-year-old son Alfie to have a positive reminder of her strength of character

A mother of one has vowed to carry the Olympic torch despite being diagnosed with "inoperable" cancer.

Maxine Smith is due to carry the torch in Buxton on Friday.

The 35-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer in May after having fought breast cancer in 2009. She said she was going to fight until her last breath.

Ms Smith was nominated for the torch relay by a work colleague in Nottingham for her fund-raising and volunteering work.

Last Thursday Ms Smith was taken to hospital because of a high temperature, but she returned home several days later.

'Last breath'

"I am determined to carry the torch no matter what - I'm not allowing the illness to have that power over me," Ms Smith said.

"I think I have been chosen to represent those people out there who are unsung heroes… who are helping as many people as they can along the way."

She told BBC Radio Derby she would fight for every minute with her "little boy".

"When I was first diagnosed (in 2009) I wanted to know everything because knowledge is power but this time I don't feel that way because I know there is no bouncing back - at some point it will take me," she said.

"But I will fight for every minute I can have with my little boy and my family."

Ms Smith said she had been told the cancer was "inoperable - in the short-term it is manageable with chemotherapy but in the long term it is incurable".

She said the diagnosis of terminal cancer was a blow.

"I was knocked to the floor - me, my partner and my family. I have to pick myself up off the floor because I have a 22-month-old son who needs me to," Ms Smith added.

The torch relay will stop overnight in Derby on 29 June as part of a 70-day tour of the country.

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