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Jordan Thompson, 14, from West Denton, was diagnosed with leukaemia on Valentine's Day this year.

Jordan Thompson, 14, from West Denton, was diagnosed with leukaemia on Valentine's Day this year. Following three-and-a-half months of treatment, the promising young footballer - who has played at the Newcastle United Academy since he was 10 and has played cricket for his county - is in remission.

Stewart Simpson, 23, from Crawcrook, was diagnosed with osteo sarcoma - a bone cancer - in his knee when he was 16. The disease returned in his lungs when he was 18 and then again in his back. He has been in remission for two-and-a-half years.

Daniel Finn, 16, from Whitley Bay, was diagnosed with a brain tumour and has had two operations. The surgery caused him to lose a lot of his sight. He said: "I'm quite confident with the camera and getting some good shots and I'm really enjoying it. I've done a few home movies before - but nothing like this. It's going to be great."

Jenny Craney, 23, from Newcastle was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma in March 2001 and had to have her leg amputated below the knee a month later. She has been clear of the disease for five years and is particularly looking forward to seeing Johnny Vegas perform tonight although she better not laugh too much or there'll be some very shaky camera work.

John Anderson, 18, from County Durham, was diagnosed with Euings [corr] sarcoma at the base of his spine when he was 12. The disease returned when he was 15 and he had to have an operation. He's now in remission and has just started studying Music Technology in Middlesbrough.

He said: "I wouldn't say working the cameras is easy, but it's not as hard as I thought. I can't wait to see Paul Weller and Ross Noble at the show."

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