Cancer survivor Adel Pinnock has helped inspire a piece of classical music to raise awareness and funds for a cancer charity.
The brave 43-year-old from Smethwick shared her story with renowned composer Howard Goodall – who created a new anthem called More Tomorrows for Cancer Research UK as a result.
The musician, who is also a Classic FM presenter, teamed up with the charity to highlight the power of research in beating the disease, encouraging listeners to raise vital funds.
Ms Pinnock, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2008, said: “I thought the More Tomorrows anthem was wonderful.
“I found it so emotional – it captured the feelings of the entire cancer journey and you could identify all the emotions.
“The beginning had such an edge to it.
“I had told Howard that my diagnosis was like being hit with a bulldozer and you could hear that, but it was not the end.
“I felt the piece led me along the journey and the optimism of successful treatment.”
The anthem was played for the first time at the prestigious Classic FM Live concert at the Royal Albert Hall last week, where Ms Pinnock was guest of honour.
She added: “I have loved being part of this project, and it was great to have been at the Royal Albert Hall to hear it for the very first time.”
Ms Pinnock runs her own business called New Life Health Initiative to help people to lead a healthy lifestyle.
But she said of her experience with cancer: “It was very hard when I was diagnosed with cancer as I had a lot of other problems in my life at the time.
“Music became a therapy that helped me through the treatment and got me through the dark times.
“I feel that I am a result of all the research that has led to today’s life-saving treatments.
“I truly believe I wouldn’t be here without the work of Cancer Research UK.
“That’s why I’m so proud and pleased to help raise awareness of Cancer Research UK’s incredible work in such a unique way. Now I want to do everything I can to encourage people to fight back against this devastating disease.
“I’m living proof that research kills cancer and I hope that Howard’s composition will move people to support the charity and help save even more lives.”
* More Tomorrows will be released on May 20. To see the video log onto promo.classicfm.co.uk/cancer-research-uk