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Three fights with cancer - now she just wants to meet Pink

A BUNDABERG woman has battled three bouts of cancer in four years, but said one dream has pulled her through.

Sonia Hughes says it would mean the world to her if she could meet her idol, Pink.

And as the pop sensation tours Australia that lifelong dream glimmers with potential reality.

"Every time the music comes on the radio I start tearing up," she said.

A close friend to the woman set up a Facebook page Get Sonny to Pnk.

The page has attracted more than 1000 supporters.

And with just four days to go until Ms Hughes sees the singers concert in Sydney, time is ticking to make her dream come true.

Ms Hughes almost had tickets to Pink previously but had to surrender them for medical treatment.

In 2008, at age 28, Ms Hughes was diagnosed with non Hodgkin's lymphoma - a cancer of the blood.

She underwent chemotherapy and was in remission for less than a year before the cancer returned.

Now after her second round of chemotherapy she's two and a half years in remission.

"But then, in February 2012, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer - which was unrelated to the other cancer. I was pretty unlucky," she said.

Ms Hughes again battled through her third round of radiation and chemotherapy, but it didn't stop there.

"I experienced some problems with my bowel and in June I was told I'd have weeks to live or I'd need major surgery," she said.

After six months in hospital and one major surgery, Ms Hughes was released the day before Christmas Eve.

"It was the best day of my life," she said.

But three cancers and one major surgery later, she says she hasn't been dealt a hard life.

"It's just a hard moment," she said.

And of all the hard moments she's stuggled through, one would complete them all.

"It would mean the absolute world to me (if I met Pink). Even if I didn't get to meet her, just for her to say my name, if I was in the crowd, would just be heart pumping. I'd probably pass out but it'd be worth it."

The NewsMail attempted to contact Pink's management company, Live Nation, but did not get a response by deadline.

Topics:  cancer, cancer survivor, dream, editors picks, pink



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