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Ball to honour daughter, 18

Tricia Campbell, whose daughter Claire Khan tragically died of adrenal cancer in 1995, aged just 18.

Tricia Campbell, whose daughter Claire Khan tragically died of adrenal cancer in 1995, aged just 18.

A mother who lost her teenage daughter to a rare form of cancer wants to make sure her girl is always remembered.

Claire Khan, aged 18, was in the middle of sitting her A-Levels when she was diagnosed with adrenal cancer.

The ‘vibrant’ Doncaster teenager died a few weeks after the diagnosis and now her mother, Tricia Campbell, is doing everything she can to make sure her daughter is never forgotten, and to raise money for others diagnosed with adrenal cancer.

Mrs Campbell, of Wheatley Hills, set up the Claire Khan Trust shortly after her daughter’s death in 1995 to raise money for research into adrenal tumours.

She will hold a butterfly ball at The Keepmoat Stadium, on January 31, which would have been Claire’s birthday.

She said: “Last year I realised in January that Claire would have been dead for longer than she had been alive and it sent me into quite a deep depression, so I wanted to do something about it. I decided to hold the Butterfly Ball because she loved butterflies and I knew it would be a good way to raise money, all of which will be donated to the European Network for the Study of Adrenal Tumours.

“She put more into living in 18 years than most people do their whole lives.”

Claire was a talented student at Danum School, and had been accepted to study English at Kings College, London.

Mrs Campbell, now aged 64, who was headteacher at Town Field Primary School for 16 years, says her life was changed by her daughter’s passing - inspiring her to not take anything for granted.

After stepping down from work in 2008 she went to Montserrat in the Caribbean, which was devastated by an earthquake in 2003, to help locals rebuild.

 

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