Grantham family embark on memorial bike ride
The family of a woman who died after battling with the most aggressive form of cancer have embarked on a charity cycle ride in her memory.
Mum-of-three Jeana Hopkins, died in February last year, after a six- month battle with Glioblastoma Grade 4, the most aggressive form of cancer.
It is the most common cancer that begins within the brain and the second most common brain tumor, after meningioma.
Before falling ill, Jeana, who was mum to Gary, Helen and Simon, was widely known for teaching guitar and music at many music festivals and schools including Cliffedale, St Mary’s, Walton Girls, Harlaxton and Ropsley.
Her husband John of Longcliffe Road, Grantham, said: “She also developed a series of guitar teaching books which she sold in WH Smiths, Grantham. She went on to develop a unique software which taught regular teachers how to teach music.”
Jeana was still teaching guitar when she was diagnosed with cancer in September 2016.
John added: “With little to no research or development about the cancer, our lives were shattered overnight.
“After a brave battle, Jeana passed away at St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham Hospital.”
Hoping to raise awareness, Jeana’s two son’s Gary, 37, and Simon, 33, set off on a charity bike ride from Grantham to Great Yarmouth yesterday, along with Jeana’s nephew Matthew, 32, to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.
They hope to arrive in Great Yarmouth tomorrow (Saturday)
Gary said: “When mum was diagnosed, we quickly discovered that the type of cancer that she had was really rare. There seemed to be no research at all, which is why we wanted to do something.”