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R.I.P. Jane Tomlinson CBE

R.I.P. Jane Tomlinson CBE

Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson, CBE, radiographer and charity fundraiser, was born Jane Goward on February 21, 1964 in Wakefield.
She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in July 1990 when she was only 26 years old and a mother of 2.
After having a mastectomy, she started studying for a diploma in radiotherapy.
Three years later the cancer returned and was treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and anti-cancer drugs.
By 2000 she had had her third child and it was discovered the cancer had returned, this time to her lungs and bones.
This was when she was given 12 months to live. She started running and in May 2001 she entered the 5km "Race for Life" run.
The next race was in December 2001, when she entered the 10km "Leeds Abbey Dash".
She entered the York half marathon in January 2002.
Her first full marathon was in April 2002 when she finished in 4 hours 53 minutes. In May that year she was awarded the "Yorkshire Woman of Achievement of the year Award".
The following month May she entered the 5km "Race for Life" run for the second time..
In July she presented the Jubilee Baton to H.M. The Queen.
In August 2002 she entered the London Triathlon for the first time. She came 20th in her age group.
In October 2002 she entered the Great North Run for the first time, which she completed in 1 hour 51 minutes.
November saw her receive both the Special Recognition Award in Yorkshire and the Unsung Hero award from the Celebrities Guild of Great Britain.
December was also a busy month for awards. She received the Helen Rollason award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award, Outstanding Achievement Award at the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Sports Awards and she was runner-up in the Sky News Awards Heroism Award.
She entered the York half marathon again in January 2003.
In March 2003 she cycled the 1,300 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End.
In April 2003 she entered the London Marathon for the first time. She was also the first person to run a marathon while still on chemotherapy.
In May 2003 the Jane Tomlinson Laboratory at Cancer Research UK's clinical centre at St James's Hospital, Leeds was named in her honour. She also ran the 5km "Race for Life" run for the third year.
One of her proudest moments was in June 2003 when she was awarded the MBE by H.M. The Queen.
In August 2003 at the Yorkshire Day Awards, the Special Award 2003 gave her the Honorary Award of Doctor of Civil Laws at Huddersfield University. Also in August, Jane became the only terminal cancer sufferer to complete a half-Ironman race at the Gatorade Half-Ironman Triathlon.
In October 2003 she did the Bupa Great North Run again and also received She magazine's "She's An Inspiration" award.
In November 2003 she received a honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University.
In January 2004 she entered the York Half-Marathon for the third time.
In April 2004 she entered the London Marathon for the second time.
One of her main achievement was in May 2004 when she started the "Rome to Home" bike ride (36 days cycling 2,500 miles). This finished on June 7 2004, having raised more than £232,000 for charity in six weeks.
In July 2004: she was nominated for a honorary degree by students for her exceptional bravery and selflessness in the face of adversity and was made a Doctor of Laws by Dundee University.
In July she entered the Salford Triathlon with daughters Suzanne and Rebecca.
August was a busy month with the London Triathlon and Gatorade Half-Ironman UK Triathlon entered for the second time.
One of her failures was on September 26th 2004 when she attempted the Nice half-Ironman triathlon but missed the cut-off time for the run. However, in September, she was awarded the Frink Award at the Woman of the Year Awards.
October saw her achieve the Yorkshire Woman of the Year and Yorkshire Sporting Hero awards.
On November 6th 2004 she became the only cancer patient to complete a full Ironman triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26 mile full marathon) in a time of 15 hours and 47 minutes, in Florida. In November, she also won the Helen Rollason Award at the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Awards.
January 2005 saw her named Great British Campaigner 2004 at a ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice in London and on the 28th announced that she has raised £1,150,000 - surpassing her (then) fund-raising target of £1 million.
May 22nd 2005 saw her compete in the Bupa Great Manchester run with her husband Mike.
In July she was announced as an Ambassador for London's bid to host the Olympics in 2012.
November had her completing the New York marathon in 5 hours 15 minutes - this despite only being able to train for 12 weeks due to her treatment and an injury.
In May 2006 Jane announced her toughest challenge yet - a 4,200 mile "Ride Across America", from San Francisco to New York, enduring temperatures of more than 100 degrees F and altitudes of more than 11,000ft along the way. She completed the challenge in September when she rode into Battery Park, New York.
In October 2006, a proud moment in her life - her first granddaughter, Emily, was born to daughter Suzanne.
In January 2007 she launched her plan for a 10k "Run For All" in Leeds and also intended to run in it.
Also in January, Jane was awarded a honorary degree by Hull University. This was an extra special occasion for Jane as her daughter, Suzanne, received her own degree in Philosophy at the same ceremony.
In June she was told she is to be awarded a CBE. By the time the "Run for All" event is here, her health had deteriorated so much she was unable to compete but she looked on as 8,000+ runners took to the streets in Leeds.
Sadly she died at 9pm on September 3rd 2007, at St Gemma's Hospice Leeds.
A requiem mass was held for her at the Cathedral Church of St. Anne's, Leeds on Friday, 14th September 2007. The event was televised live to thousands of people in Millenium Square Leeds and Bradfordand broadcast on the internet.
At the time of writing this (14th September 2007) the amount raised for charity is well over 1.8 million pounds.
As Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson recently said "She achieved more in the last 7 years than most people do in 70"
If you would like to help get to her latest target of over 2 million pounds, please visit this site to give a donation.
Jane Tomlinson Appeal
Thank you.


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