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Teen to tell his miracle cancer recovery story at Bangor Elim

Joshua Martin received worldwide support through the #prayforjosh campaign

A brave Bangor teen who overcame cancer and sparked a global prayer campaign will share his remarkable story at Bangor Elim church on Sunday.

Inspirational 14-year-old Joshua Martin was overjoyed last month when he was told that the numerous cancerous tumours in his abdomen which he had been diagnosed with only a year ago, had gone.

It was on Christmas Eve last year that the Donaghadee boy's life was thrown into complete turmoil when he was rushed to hospital with suspected appendicitis.

The Bangor Grammar School pupil and his devoted parents were devastated when doctors discovered numerous aggressive tumours in his abdomen during surgery.

The diagnosis prompted months of chemotherapy, invasive surgery and prolonged stays in hospital.

Thousands of people joined their #prayforjosh Facebook campaign which generated support worldwide.

Among those who joined the campaign was Spanish golf star Sergio Garcia who sent well wishes to the teenager.

And last month his mother posted the update she had longed for on the page - following promising updates in the past few months that his tumours were shrinking and no new cancer had been detected.

It said: "We are incredibly excited to let you know that Joshua's scan results show that he has no tumours and no sign of any cancer growth!"

Sharing his parents' devout faith, Josh said that he knew God would see him through.

This Sunday at 6.30pm. Don't miss it.

Posted by Bangor Elim Church on Thursday, 26 November 2015

Joshua said he appreciated how many people had prayed for his recovery.

And this weekend on Sunday November 29 at 6.30pm in Bangor Elim church the teenager will tell his amazing recovery story.

In a short video posted on the church's Facebook page Joshua says he is very excited for the night.

He said: "Hello, thank you so much for your prayers. I'm really excited for this Sunday night where I will be sharing my story at Bangor Elim.

"Bring your friends, it's going to be a fantastic night."

Posting alongside the video Bangor Elim said they will be showing lots of photos and videos of Joshua in hospital which show just how serious ill he was.

"Joshua Martin will be telling everyone how God has answered your prayers. It's going to be an amazing night. Bring your tissues and invite your friends."

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