4 September 2007
Macmillan Cancer Support is very sad to hear that Jane Tomlinson died yesterday evening.
Jane has been a real inspiration to the many, many thousands of people who like her have had to deal with a cancer diagnosis.
Cancer has been a part of Jane's life for 17 years since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She seemed to make a good recovery but in 2000 the cancer returned and this time she was only given 6 months to live.
But Jane was determined to prove having cancer does not stop you living a very full and rewarding life. For the last seven years she has challenged herself with marathons, triathlons and bike rides, raising an amazing amount for charity. And every time Jane pushed herself to the limit her family were by her side; whether it be her brother Luke cycling alongside her in the Rome to Home Ride or her mum running the Jane's Run For All in Leeds.
Jane and her husband Mike organised the Jane's Run For All, the first of which took place this June and prompted 900 runners to so far raise more than £70,000 for Macmillan alone. Macmillan was so delighted that, despite being very poorly, Jane managed to officially start the Run, waving all 8000 participants over the starting line.
In addition to the Leeds 10k Run Jane's Appeal has raised more than £100,000 for Macmillan, with money still coming in.
Regional director for Macmillan Cancer Support in the north, Maureen Rutter, said:
"Jane was a remarkable woman whose amazing physical feats inspired many people living with cancer. She refused to lie down and be beaten, this small and very humble woman was a real powerhouse and I think she will always be remembered for her courage, conviction and sheer determination when faced with adversity.
"But of course we must remember that Jane was also a mum and a wife and my sincere condolences go out to Jane's family and friends at this sad time. Jane was more than an inspiration and her legacy is the hope she gave to so many people affected by cancer."
For more information, please contact Christine Pietrowski on 01904 651 700 or please call the press office on 0207 840 7821, (out of hours 07801 307068).