A true inspiration
When Jane began her incredible journey, one of her motives was to try to show that people with an incurable cancer diagnosis could still lead active and fruitful lives.
Jane's ethos was: "Death doesn't arrive with the prognosis". And through her unrivalled drive, determination and bravery, she proved true to her word - becoming an inspiration and genuine hope to a great many people.
JANE RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS FOR HER EFFORTS INCLUDING:
AN MBE AND, SUBSEQUENTLY, A CBE BY THE QUEEN
THE HELEN ROLLASON AWARD AT THE BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARDS IN 2002
TWICE RECOGNISED AT THE SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
A GREAT BRITON AWARD
VOTED THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN IN BRITAIN IN 2003
A PRIDE OF BRITAN AWARD IN 2005
In the years following her diagnosis, Jane, from Leeds, took on a series of apparently 'impossible' challenges for someone suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Among the raft of extraordinary feats she achieved was a full Ironman (4km Swim, 180km bike ride, completed by a full marathon), which she finished in less than 16 hours.
She also undertook two half Ironmans, the London Marathon on three occasions, the New York Marathon, three London Triathlons and three long distance bike rides - John O Groats to Land's End, Rome to Home and her final huge challenge, a 4,500 mile ride across America.
Jane, whose amazing endeavours saw her make headlines across the globe, raised a stunning £1,850,000 for a number of charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Sparks, Damon Runyon Cancer Research, Yorkshire Cancer Centre, Martin House Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and Hannah House, a respite care centre in Leeds for children with complex health needs.
Sadly, Jane's declining health meant she had to retire from her extraordinary adventures at the end of 2006.
However, using the money she raised on her epic American cycling adventure, Jane used her remaining energies to sow the seeds for the Run For All Leeds 10K - one of the cornerstones of what would become her continuing legacy.
The first event was held in June 2007 and was an amazing success attracting 8,000 participants - unprecedented for a debut event of its kind - raising a staggering £500,000 for charities and good causes.
Jane sadly passed away in September 2007, just two months after proudly welcoming runners across the finish line of the Leeds 10K.
But that would just be the start of Jane's legacy. Today, that one Run For All event has become one of the UK's biggest not-for-profit events companies, hosting up to 13 events across the North and the Midlands.
Each year tens of thousands of people take part to raise funds for a host of charities; the Leeds 10K alone has raised over £4m since its inception for a huge number of causes.
To date, the Appeal has raised almost £8m and given out scores of grants to community groups, children's and cancer charities, making a difference to countless lives.
In addition, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal is also pushing boundaries in funding its own projects, including one which aims to discover whether a new taping technique can help cancer patients.
As a plain-taking and spirited Yorkshirewoman, Jane didn't especially enjoy the limelight that her efforts attracted. She simply considered herself a wife and mother wanting to make the most of a life she knew would, inevitably, end prematurely.
The radiant smile she wore across every finish line - often masking her terrible physical pain - gave comfort, hope and encouragement to thousands.
Thanks to support of people like you, we hope to be able to continue that legacy for many years to come.
Jane's Fundraising Challenges
I'm delighted to support the Leeds 10k. Jane, a Sparks vice-president herself, was a truly inspirational figure who became our biggest-ever individual fundraiser.
Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
Four-time Olympic Gold Medallist
I was lucky enough to call Jane a friend and like many was touched by her determination and drive to make a difference to many millions of people's lives, despite battling with her own cruel illness.
Steve Cram OBE
Olympic Silver Medalist
Jane's unwavering determination, strength courage and selflessness in the face of adversity is an inspiration to each and every one of us. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to play a part in making sure that Jane's memory and legacy lives in the great work of the Appeal
Four time World Ironman Champion
Jane has led the way on many occasions with inspirational feats that have left us all in awe of her absolute determination and keen desire to help others.
Jane Tomlinson Appeal Patron
"It is a huge honour for me to be a patron of Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Jane was such a very special person. Her bravery, courage and strength were a huge inspiration to me and I am sure to so many others. She fought cancer every step with such passion and positivity."
Paula Radcliffe MBE