Brave lightwood grandmother Vilma Dallal loses her cancer battle
THE funeral takes place tomorrow of a grandmother-of-two who won her fight for a cancer drug on the NHS following a Sentinel campaign.
Mother-of-three Vilma Dallal lost her 14-year fight against breast cancer earlier this month.
In 2009 Vilma took on the NHS and won after being initially denied the cancer drug Avastin because her previous treatment had been paid for by a private insurance company.
The 59-year-old managed to overturn the NHS decision after a three-month fight for the treatment free of charge and support from Sentinel readers.
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Husband, David, today paid tribute to his wife describing her as a 'strong and brave' woman.
The 59-year-old, of Lightwood, said: "Vilma wasn't one to lie down and take it. She tried to keep her days as normal as she possibly could.
"She would continue to talk to her friends and look after her grandchildren and would try to go out as much as she could, even if she wasn't feeling 100 per cent."
Vilma was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998.
She underwent courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy for the disease and finally went into remission in 2004.
But just four years later she was diagnosed with a secondary cancer which led to tumours developing in her spine, bones, neck and lymph nodes.
Vilma died on Saturday, July 14 at home.
David, of Ainsdale Close, added: "Vilma set herself a number of goals.
"She wanted to make sure she was still around for the birth of her grandchildren and she wanted to be there when our son Paul got married.
"Her third goal was to see our daughter Sarah marry in September, but while she had a lot of involvement in the planning of it, she has missed out on that one."
Vilma's eldest sister, June Godfrey, of Seabridge, said: "Vilma had such a sense of humour and was so positive throughout her treatment.
"She was the one helping us all through it all.
"She was very grateful to the Avastin drug for prolonging her life and her family and her faith were the most important things to her.
"She will be sorely missed and will leave a very big gap in our family."
Vilma's funeral takes place tomorrow at Carmountside Crematorium at 10am, followed by a service of celebration at The Kingdom Hall, in Normacot, at 11am.