Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Jane Tomlinson-an inspiration

I dont even apologise for going off topic here.... I have just got home from work to hear that Jane Tomlinson has died. If you dont know her Jane lived in Leeds in UK and was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2000. It was a bleak prognosis of 6 months to live. However over the next 7 years she fougth the disease and made her life an inspiration to others.
In addition she took on some amazing challenges, especially for someone with incurable cancer, including a full Ironman (4km Swim, 180Km bike ride and full marathon), two half Ironmans, the London Marathon three times, the New York Marathon, three London Triathlons and three long distance bike rides John O Groats to Lands End, Rome to Home and her final massive challenge a 6781.8 km ride across America.
Jane received numerous awards including an MBE and OBE and voted the most Inspirational woman in Britain in 2003 plus many more.
She was motivated to show that people with a terminal prognosis can still lead a full life and proclaimed “Death doesn’t arrive with the prognosis.” She provided real inspiration to so many people.
Jane also raised over £1,500,000 for charities including Macmillan Cancer Relief, SPARKS, Damon Runyon Cancer Research, Yorkshire Cancer Centre, Martin House Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Hannah House.
Having been touched by cancer in my family and lost my Dad and my Mum in law and my dog to cancer I think this lady was a very brave, amazing and wonderful woman.

I just wanted to leave my thanks to her here for doing such great work and raising so much money to help other people going through cancer now.

If you want to read more about her please visit her website http://janesappeal.com/

Way to go Jane :)

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