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Jen's parents moved by tragedy to change own lives

JEN Goodridge's in-laws were so moved by her brave battle with cervical cancer they decided to offer their support - by losing a combined total of nearly 13 stone.

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JEN Goodridge's in-laws were so moved by her brave battle with cervical cancer they decided to offer their support - by losing a combined total of nearly 13 stone.

The parents of Jen's widower Tony, step-mum Louise and dad Gary Goodridge, were severely over-weight (first picture) when their daughter-in-law was diagnosed and it gave them a wakeup call.

Step-mum Louise has even tackled sponsored runs to raise cash for a cervical cancer charity in Jen's memory.

She has vowed to run the London Marathon in 2012 to raise awareness of the disease.

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Louise said: "Gary and I realised during Jen's illness that life and quality of life are very important.

"We were full of aches and pains and didn't have much energy. In December 2008 we made the decision to lose weight and get fit. (second picture)

"To date Gary has lost seven stone, going from 23 stone to 16 stone, and I have lost five-and-a-half stone, going from 21-and-a-half stone to just under 16.

"We still have a long way to go, but we are already feeling the benefits of a healthier lifestyle."

Louise is raising cash for Jo's Trust, a dedicated cervical cancer charity.

"This year I have got involved with a women's running group, The Running Sisters, in Beaconsfield as one way of getting fit as I had entered the Adidas Women's 5K Challenge and was determined to run it not walk it.

"I have now entered several more runs including the Rugged Radnage 10K in November and the Adidas Half Marathon in March 2011

- my eventual aim will be to run the London Marathon in 2012."

And Louise, 43, is determined to raise as much money as possible for the foundation.

"They were absolutely brilliant with Jen, giving her support when she really needed it and they have continued to support Tony since Jen has gone. It is so important that people know about the HPV vaccine, that they see their GP if they think anything is wrong

and younger women get tested to make sure that any problems are found early."

Louise has a JustGiving website page where people can donate. Go to www.just giving.com/forJen.

 
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