Boris Johnson has paid tribute to Deborah James after she passed away yesterday and described her as ‘an inspiration’ to so many.
The podcaster, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016, died on Tuesday after spending her final weeks receiving end-of-life care at home with her husband, Sebastien, and their two children.
The Prime Minister was among those who paid tribute and wrote on Twitter: “I am terribly saddened to learn that Dame Deborah James has passed away. What an inspiration she has been to so many.
“The awareness she brought about bowel cancer and the research her campaign funded will be her lasting legacy.
I am terribly saddened to learn that Dame Deborah James has passed away. What an inspiration she has been to so many.
The awareness she brought to bowel cancer and the research funded by her campaign will be her lasting legacy.
Thanks to her, many lives will be saved.
—Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 28, 2022
“Thanks to her, many lives will be saved.”
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said the news of his death was “deeply sad”.
He added: ‘Dame Deborah James’ charity work was truly inspiring – even in the most difficult times she continued to raise awareness for bowel cancer and impacted the lives of so many.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
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In her final weeks, Dame Deborah – a presenter of the BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C – raised millions of pounds for research and was named a Dame for her ‘tireless’ work to raise awareness to disease.
She revealed in early May that she had stopped active treatment and was receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Woking.
How did Deborah James’ family honor her?
A statement posted by her family on Instagram said: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister and mom. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.
“Deborah, known to many of you as Bowelbabe, has been an inspiration and we are extremely proud of her, her work and her commitment to charity campaigns, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness about the cancer that has touched so many lives. Deborah has shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most difficult times, her determination to raise funds and awareness was inspiring.
“We thank you for giving us private time as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy long into the future through the @bowelbabefund. Thank you for playing your part in his journey, you are all amazing.
“And a few last things from Deborah… ‘find a life worth living; take risks; love deeply; have no regrets; and always, always rebellious hope. And finally, check your poo – it just might save the life.
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This notice was published: 2022-06-29 06:02:03