YEP Says: Truly inspirational Jane is still giving to so many people

2005: Jane Tomlinson, at the 16 mile stage of her attempt at the New York City Marathon.
2005: Jane Tomlinson, at the 16 mile stage of her attempt at the New York City Marathon.
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The Jane Tomlinson story is remarkable.

The Leeds mum amazed the world when she undertook a series of gruelling and unprecedented sporting challenges as she battled incurable cancer.

Before her death she had raised £1.8m for charity and today her family has announced that the Jane Tomlinson Appeal’s fundraising tally now stands at more than £10m.

We will probably never know how Jane, who was just 36 when she was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer, did what she did.

She was told she had six months to live and yet spent the next seven years undertaking a number of gruelling challenges, many done whilst she was undergoing harsh chemotherapy treatments.

She was determined to show that people with incurable cancer could still lead active and fulfilling lives.

And she certainly did that.

We would not have the Leeds 10k charity road race, and many other events, were it not for Jane and her family and the charities she supported would not have all this money.

But more than that we would not have her incredible story. Not everyone who is diagnosed with cancer will be able to do what they want to do – that’s the nature of the illness – but Jane’s inspirational story still gives hope and a focus many people diagnosed with cancer.

Paula Dillon, President of Leeds Chamber Commerce.

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