DAVID Beckham has paid a touching tribute to a close friend who has died of brain cancer.
Baroness Tessa Jowell announced the terrible illness on her 70th birthday and passed away on May 12, 2018.
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Baroness Jowell played a pivotal role in staging the London 2020 Olympics while serving as Cultural Secretary.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the event, a re-edited version of Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremonies will be shown in hundreds of cinemas across the UK.
Golden Balls and other celebrities like Denise Lewis are urging people to #turnupforTess on July 27th.
All proceeds from the film’s ticket sales will be donated to the Tessa Jowell Foundation.
Her daughter Jess Mills, founded in her memory, has helped raise awareness of the disease – which is one of the biggest cancer killers of children and people under 40 in the UK.
Becks, a former Olympic torchbearer, said: “As a close friend of Tessa, I am honored to support her family foundation in carrying out their latest campaign – to transform NHS brain cancer care in the UK.
“Tessa was absolutely instrumental in bringing the Olympics to London with all the incredible memories she brought with her and I can’t think of a better way to honor such a wonderful person than to support a cause that she cares so passionately. Please donate if you can.”
Tessa first went public about the illness in September 2017.
The former MP for Dulwich and West Norwood said she was “not afraid” and wanted to raise awareness of the reality of cancer.
She called for NHS rules to be changed to allow cancer patients to take the risk of undergoing various innovative treatments.
In a moving speech in the House of Lords on January 25, she spoke of seizures in a taxi.
A tumor was removed from her brain, and she also received radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
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“What gives life meaning in the end is not just how it’s lived, but how it ends,” she said.
Her death was announced on May 13, 2018.
Jess Mills, CEO of the Tessa Jowell Foundation and daughter of Tessa, said despite the fact that brain cancer is one of the biggest killers in the UK, treatment options and advances in research have not changed in decades.
She added: “Mum believed passionately that this could and must change.
“We are therefore very proud that all funds raised at this event will go towards funding our NHS Tessa Jowell Centers of Excellence which ensure that all children and adults with brain cancer receive first class care at their local NHS hospital.”
Text TESSA to 70470 to donate just £5 or go to www.tessajowellfoundation.org.uk to find out more
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