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Cancer Survivor Gets Back To 'Dream Job' In Army

Private Cameron Ray was given just years to live after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

A soldier has returned to Army training after recovering from a brain tumour.

Private Cameron Ray, 21, was diagnosed with a 40mm cancerous tumour on his brain and was told by doctors that he only had three years to live.

"I genuinely thought that would be it," Pte Ray said.

"The only thing I was thinking of was the military because I just wanted to be a medic all of my life and wanted to follow in my granddad's footsteps," he added.

Around 5,000 people are diagnosed with a primary malignant brain tumour in the UK each year.

The exact cause of a brain tumour is still unknown.

Private Cameron Ray cancer survivor Credit BFBS
Private Ray is now back into the Army.

"He'd been given what I considered one of the worst diagnosis of his life," said Staff Sergeant Kirsty Slane.  

After undergoing an awake craniotomy 18 months ago, Pte Ray is amazed that there are no signs of cancerous cells in his body.

Although the surgery was successful, he thought the Army would not accept him back.

"Why would they allow a terminal patient to come back?" he said.

The Army said to him: "If it's stable, why wouldn't we?".

"I never expected it but I'm here now and I'm over the moon."

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Private Cameron Ray (left) and SSG Kirsty Slone (right).

SSgt Slane was inspired by Pte Ray's story and has since been raising money and awareness of brain tumour research.

"I set myself a goal of doing rather ridiculous runs this year, all because of Cameron Ray," SSgt Slane said.

This year SSgt Slane has taken part in a marathon, a 50-mile event and with each run, she plans on doubling the distance from the run before. 

On Saturday, she plans to run 100 miles.