Firefly woman goes through joy and sorrow

Denise Dunn, founder of the Firefly cancer charity. Picture: Marie Caley
Denise Dunn, founder of the Firefly cancer charity. Picture: Marie Caley
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A SELFLESS woman who has worked tirelessly to provide transport for cancer patients has been diagnosed with the disease for the third time.

Denise Dunn, founder of cancer organisation Firefly, bravely held an evening to unveil the second minibus that will drive patients to and from hospital appointments, despite receiving the heartbreaking news that she has been struck with the disease again.

On the back of surviving cancer twice following diagnosis in 1997 and 2004, the 52-year-old helped co-found the Aurora Centre, which has bases at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu offering alternative treatments, and Firefly.

The mum-of-five is now undergoing more gruelling bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

She is also using Firefly’s free minibus service to get to appointments at DRI and Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield and was delighted to unveil a second much-needed vehicle.

She said: “It’s a huge set-back to be told I’ve got cancer again but I’ve got to stay positive and carry on helping others.

“We’re ecstatic to have another Firefly service, it means we can help more people and relieves that little bit of stress patients who live far away might be having.

“I’ve had people call me crying because they can’t afford to get to Weston Park, have to pay for taxis or don’t know how to get there. This service gives them that bit of help.”

The Barnby Dun battler, who has hopes of getting another bus, is also appealing for more volunteer drivers.

Those interested can call Denise on 07738 390541.

Visit www.facebook.com/FireflyCIC for details of upcoming events.