AN 18-YEAR-OLD cancer victim is doing his bit to promote the treatment that saved his life - by scoffing Britain's biggest all-day breakfast.

Jimmy Griffiths of Redcar, who is in remission after successfully fighting the disease last year, is hoping to raise money for Cancer Research UK by today's stunt.

The teenager was planning to hold a breakfast party in his home to raise the cash and thank family and friends who helped him through his illness.

Jimmy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as Ewing's sarcoma in October 2001, when he was just 17. "I had a lump the size of a snooker ball sticking out of my spine, so I knew something was seriously wrong before the cancer was actually diagnosed," he said.

Jimmy was sent for treatment to the Children and Adolescent Cancer Unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. He then had five months of chemotherapy treatment, followed by six weeks of radiotherapy at Newcastle's General Hospital.

While Jimmy was being treated for cancer his father John suffered a stroke and was admitted to South Cleveland General Hospital.

Jimmy, accompanied by his brother John, 28, combined trips to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for chemotherapy with visits to see his father, who sadly died in March 2001.

"Last year was very hard but I've had great support from my friends and my brother," Jimmy said. "Now I want to do something positive to help the people who helped me when I was ill."

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