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Amy Uprichard refuses to let cancer end ballet dreams

She may be aged just 18 but Amy Uprichard has refused to let a battle with leukaemia end her dreams.

The young cancer sufferer, who has ambitions of becoming a professional ballet dancer, has been inspiring others with her message of optimism: "Let your smile change the world, don't let your world change your smile."

Amy has been taking part in a digital art project entitled 'I am not just cancer, I am...' which allows young cancer patients to explore their journey through digital photography.

Emblazoned on Amy's ballerina dress are images of the most important people in her life - her family, boyfriend, grandmother, great grandmother and dog.

Amy's infectious smile has touched many hearts, including golfing superstar Rory McIlroy - who planted an affectionate kiss on her cheek after he donated £1m to a respite care centre for young people with cancer.

Amy, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in May 2013, performed at the Grand Opera House last year after she secured a role in The Sleeping Beauty - despite going through chemotherapy at the time.

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