HUDDERSFIELD'S June Hobson is tonight one of 500 guests at the Queen's Christmas party for the heroes of 2004.
Stars of charity and community work were invited to Buckingham Palace, as well as famous names.
June, 46, of Netherton, wrote a diary of her treatment for breast cancer in the Examiner.
She lost all her hair and endured a mastectomy - and there were times when she thought she was going to die.
Now, she writes columns on Mondays about family life, and profiles local people and their jobs.
June, who's taking her husband, Rob, to the palace, says: "I can't wait to get inside and have a nosey round."
Also invited are rescuers who saved lives during the devastating flash flood at Boscastle, north Cornwall, this summer, and those who coped with the aftermath of the August coach crash, which killed five British holidaymakers, near Salzburg, Austria.
Ice explorer Pen Hadow, who broke records on his 680-mile trek to the South Pole, and award- winning writer Bill Bryson, who is 53 tomorrow, are also likely to turn up.