At the age of 24, Jane, a nurse at St Vincent’s Private Hospital was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. She received a double mastectomy and radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and continued her work looking after patients, some of whom wouldn’t have been as unwell as she was at that time.
That’s when we met Jane. She was 25 years old and had already been through more than many people experience in a lifetime.
Jane did a great deal for Garvan in the short time we knew her. She supported research by donating tumour samples, raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and shared her story openly, honestly and powerfully. Most importantly, she befriended and inspired our researchers and everyone who met her.
Sadly, Jane’s cancer returned – and last week, she passed away.
We are, and will always be, enormously grateful to Jane, her husband Cam and their family and friends for sharing part of their lives with us.