The Appeal was launched as a lasting legacy to Jane Tomlinson CBE who died from cancer in 2007. Before her untimely death aged just 43, Jane raised £1.8m for children's and cancer charities through a series of incredible endurance feats - despite suffering from terminal cancer.
Leeds-born Jane became the first person with terminal cancer to finish the London Marathon in 2002. But she went on to complete even tougher challenges - triathlons and iron man contests, a cycle ride from Rome to Leeds, and, her last epic adventure, a 4,000 mile bike ride across the width of the USA. Jane took part in many of these challenges while undergoing chemotherapy treatment and was often in immense pain. She refused, however, to be defined by her cancer and would not give in.
Her incredible courage and indomitable spirit brought her headlines across the globe and she won awards including the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award, a Pride of Britain award and Yorkshire Woman of Achievement. She was awarded the MBE and later the CBE for her outstanding charitable work. After her death Jane's family pledged to carry on her good works by raising millions for charity in her name, which is what the Appeal is now doing.
During Jane's endeavours she worked closely with well known Physio Alison Rose to keep her injury free but also through using Kinesiology Taping to manage cancer related pain. Jane was keen that research was developed in this area, to see if she was a one off, or if KT Taping techniques could be used more broadly in this field to help more cancer patients.
Mike Tomlinson, husband of the late Jane Tomlinson said: "When Jane died she left me with only two instructions, one was how to operate the washing machine and the second was when the Appeal had raised sufficient money to instigate research for the use of Kinesiology tape on cancer patients."
"In the final few months, the major positive impact on her quality life came not from drugs but from taping. The benefit was immediate and without any side effects."
We are proud to be in a position now to be three years into a fully funded PhD study on this subject in partnership with the Centre for Pain Research at Leeds Beckett University.
This April we are organising a dissemination event. The purpose of the event is to celebrate project success, update on progress and to gather your views about our research findings. The event will include a presentation by the researchers followed by a discussion with the audience about what the findings of their survey of the use of kinesiology taping in cancer mean to them. This will help the researchers make recommendations for clinical practice. You do not have to use kinesiology tape or be an expert on the subject to take part in the discussion.
We would like to invite anyone with experience or knowledge in this field to attend to make sure we have the best discussion and input into the research as possible.
Follow this link to find out more and register for the event.