A Braunton cancer survivor is rallying the region to unite in support of World Cancer Day today (Thursday). The Gazette has joined forces with Rachel Turner, 35, who was treated successfully for breast cancer, to show our support to people affected by cancer. Together we are encouraging readers to pick up a Unity Band which is made of two parts, knotted together to symbolise unity and wear it with pride. This is the first time the four leading cancer charities Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Anthony Nolan and Movember Foundation have joined together for World Cancer Day. Rachel is a local fundraising manager for Cancer Research UK, motivated by her own personal experience when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31 after finding a lump. She was told she had grade three breast cancer and immediately started treatment with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She said: When I was told I had cancer I was in complete shock. When the treatment started I had various side effects from the chemotherapy but I had to keep thinking that it would eventually make me better. I try not to think about the difficult bits, because I have been so incredibly lucky to get through this and be well enough to continue my life and my charity work. Rachel said her family and friends had been amazing and supported her through the dark times. She added: I look at life very differently now and try to use my experience in a positive way with the work I now do for charity. I channel all of my energy into my volunteering and fundraising efforts. Gazette editor Andy Keeble said: Its always inspiring to hear stories like Rachels. The more we learn about cancer, the more we talk about how to prevent it, and the more we support the incredible fundraising efforts of so many remarkable people, the closer we get to discovering the real medical breakthroughs that will one day even the odds. Karen Davis, of Cancer Research UK, added: World Cancer Day is a unique opportunity for people in our region and beyond, to unite for one day and show that together we can do something about cancer. Success stories like Rachels would not be possible without the commitment of our amazing supporters, who fund each charitys individual work into the prevention, detection, treatment and support of those with cancer. Money raised from the Unity Bands will fund breakthroughs in scientific research; save and improve the lives of people with blood cancers; provide high quality care, support and information for people with breast cancer; and fund research and support services to tackle prostate and testicular cancer.The Unity Bands are available from each charity in their own colours at www.worldcancerday.co.uk for a suggested donation of £2, as well as at the North Devon Gazette office in Old Station Road, Barnstaple.