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Kris: Dying to Live

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Documentary following Kris Hallenga, who was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer at the age of 23. The programme shows her battling her illness and tirelessly promoting her charity Coppafeel! - a life-saving campaign dedicated to making sure other women - and men - are made aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer in the hope that more will be diagnosed early and stand a better chance of survival.

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Kris Hallenga was 23 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Eight months earlier she had visited her GP after finding a lump but was dismissed on account of her age. This delay meant that by the time the cancer was detected, it had spread to her spine and was terminal.

You’d forgive someone for crumbling in a desolate heap at this news but Kris did the opposite, channelling her frustration into Coppafeel!, a cancer awareness charity aimed at young women. This documentary follows the indomitable Kris, now 27, as she balances tireless campaigning with radiation therapy to zap a newly detected brain tumour. A heartbreakingly affecting watch.

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