Jane and David Irwin

Jane Irwin: walking inspiration

Jane Irwin is an inspiration for GI cancer carers.

After losing her father to pancreatic cancer, Jane lost her husband David (pictured) to the same disease in 2009. She had to dig deep to find the strength and determination to keep moving forward.

In May, Jane set up her own Everyday Hero webpage to raise funds for GI cancer research. In the first three months, she raised over $1100, easily surpassing her original target.

“It’s unbelievable,” she says. “People have been so supportive. There have been so many wonderful messages, and so much encouragement.”

Jane walked in the City2Surf in Sydney on August 10 to raise funds for research into diagnostic tools and treatment for GI Cancer.

Her dedication to improving GI cancer treatment and care reaches beyond fund-raising. She volunteers at the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre near her home at Bundanoon.

Jane has been through plenty — but is showing the courage to turn her losses into positive actions. As she says, “I don’t want people to go through what my family did.   We’re doing whatever we can to make sure people don’t have to go through the same things.

“I’m glad I’m doing it, but particularly grateful to all those who have supported me by sponsoring me, and therefore helping others in need.”