A BRAVE cancer patient from Huddersfield has won a top award.
Dr Kate Granger, 31, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer but insisted on carrying on work, has been named as Yorkshire’s Unsung Hero.
She won the award at the 20th Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards.
The awards mark the achievements of people aged 35 and under in seven categories, from the arts to management and enterprise.
They and are organised by the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.
Dr Granger is an Elderly Medicine Registrar working at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Kate, who is Huddersfield-born and bred and now lives with husband Chris in Wakefield, is the author of two books describing her experiences with cancer.
Kate, who had wanted to be a doctor since she was eight, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive terminal form of sarcoma in August last year.
The books are The Other Side which details what life is like for a cancer patient and is aimed at healthcare professionals to help them understand what the patient is going through; and The Bright Side which examines Kate’s own thoughts and feelings.
Kate, who has given up on chemotherapy, has devised a “bucket list” of things she wants to do while there is still time and the proceeds of the sales of the books will go to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre for which she wants to raise £50,000.
The Personality of the Year Award at the gala dinner at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion, presented by the Chairman of the Awards, Peter McCormick OBE, was dedicated to all of Yorkshire’s Olympic and Paralympic medallists and received by boxer double gold medallist Paralympic cyclist David Stone.
Peter McCormick said: “We have heard some hugely inspiring stories and some heart-rending accounts from our winners once again. What they have in common is that they are all young people of whom Yorkshire should be very proud.