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Chloe's Cuban trek for charity in memory of her great-gran

Bangor woman Chloe Kennedy preparing for her Cuban trek
Bangor woman Chloe Kennedy preparing for her Cuban trek

By Chelsie Kealey

A newly-qualified radiotherapist from Co Down is to trek across the Caribbean's largest island for charity.

Chloe Kennedy (21), from Bangor, is embarking on a Cancer Focus NI Trek across Cuba.

The charity is close to Chloe's heart as, when she was 11, her great-grandmother died from bowel cancer.

The Ulster University graduate will cover 219 miles from March 6 to 15 next year, from the vibrant capital city of Havana to the colonial old town of Trinidad.

"This is a cause close to my heart. My great-granny, my mum's granny, died of advanced bowel cancer," she said. "She wasn't fully diagnosed when she died. When she became really ill she came to live with us so my mum could look after her."

It was her great-grandmother that influenced Chloe's decision to study radiotherapy at Ulster University. She completed a 40-week placement in the Belfast Cancer Centre on the radiotherapy floor.

"I found out about the Cancer Focus NI Cuba trek when I spotted a poster in Belfast and said to my friend that I was going to sign up for it," she said. "It's the first time I've followed through on a promise like that."

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