Parents' tribute to kind-hearted cancer victim

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2011
Justine Cantor

Justine Cantor

The parents of a Cardiff 27-year-old who lost her battle with cancer have paid tribute to their "little girl with a kind heart".

Justine Cantor was diagnosed with a metastatic malignant melanoma in February. She died last week.

She had been due to take part in clinical trials for a breakthrough drug. There is currently no cure for the condition.

Bernice and Ross Cantor said their daughter had repeatedly overcome adversity during her life after being diagnosed with dyspraxia when she was younger.

"Justine always had a smile on her face and was always happy to help others," Mr Cantor said. "One of her highlights was when the Special Olympics came to Cardiff. She was so pleased and proud to be asked to take part in helping with the project. She had a beautiful singing voice and loved to act."

Tribute was also paid to her by the 22,500 crowd at Cardiff City's match against Bristol City on Sunday.

Earlier this month, the JC reported on the family's efforts to raise money for the Velindre centre in Cardiff where Ms Cantor received treatment.

Her brother Elliott and sister Natasha used Twitter to contact dozens of footballers, celebrities and politicians to raise awareness of the centre's work.Their campaign has now raised £7,000.

Last updated: 11:52am, August 18 2011