- 20 September 1990 - 26 January 2018
Jess Lenihan had just set out on her career working in a major art gallery in London when she discovered she was suffering from a rare form of cancer. She fought bravely against the odds with the help of her many friends and fellow alumni. Thank you to all those who helped meet and exceed the fundraising goal to give her specialist treatment. Her story can be read on the GoFundMe web page set up by her friends. The final update on this website is reproduced below.
It breaks our hearts to say this, but after the bravest 17 month battle with her cancer, Jess passed away on the morning of Friday 26th January.
After completing the pre immunotherapy tests, Jess was due to commence a new drug trial in New York. Unfortunately, around the new year, Jess’s health suddenly deteriorated and she was admitted to hospital. The cancer was found to have spread to her bone marrow and at this point, she was too unwell to proceed with any further treatment. Jess spent her last 2 weeks under the care of the incredible staff at Ashgate Hospice, surrounded by her family and friends.
We would like to thank you all so much for your unbelievable generosity and the endless kindness that you showed Jess during this time. The support meant the world to her, and gave her the strength to continue fighting for as long as she did.
To fulfil Jess’s wishes, the remainder of the money, that wasn’t able to help her, will now be donated to AMMF (the UK’s only cholangiocarcinoma charity), the Paintings in Hospitals charity and Ashgate Hospice. In addition, some will go to others in a similar situation to Jess, as she hoped that she could give someone else the opportunity that she unfortunately was unable to take.
Words cannot describe just how special Jess was. Throughout all this, she faced every obstacle with incredible positivity, flawless good manners and unwavering courage. She was a truly wonderful person, both on the inside and out.
To our beautiful Jess, we cannot begin to express how dearly you will be missed. You may no longer be with us, but you will live on in our hearts, and will continue to be an inspiration to the many lives you touched throughout your twenty seven years.
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