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How tireless Una Crudden made sure cancer awareness battle won't die along with her

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Cancer campaigner Una Crudden, who has died

Cancer campaigner Una Crudden, who has died

Northern Ireland- 28th July 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com

Ovarian cancer patient and campaigner Una Crudden pictured at her home in west Belfast.

Northern Ireland- 28th July 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com Ovarian cancer patient and campaigner Una Crudden pictured at her home in west Belfast.

Northern Ireland- 28th July 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com

Ovarian cancer patient and campaigner Una Crudden pictured at her home in west Belfast.

Northern Ireland- 28th July 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com Ovarian cancer patient and campaigner Una Crudden pictured at her home in west Belfast.

Northern Ireland- 28th July 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com

Ovarian cancer patient and campaigner Una Crudden pictured at her home in west Belfast.

Northern Ireland- 28th July 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com Ovarian cancer patient and campaigner Una Crudden pictured at her home in west Belfast.

Northern Ireland- 28th July 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com

Ovarian cancer patient and campaigner Una Crudden pictured at her home in west Belfast.

Northern Ireland- 28th July 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com Ovarian cancer patient and campaigner Una Crudden pictured at her home in west Belfast.

Northern Ireland- 3rd March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Ovarian Cancer sufferer and campaigner Una Crudden hands in a petition to Health Minister Edwin Poots to try and increase awareness of the disease.  Mrs Crudden also spoke in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont to an audience which include the Health Minister. 

Una Crudden with the Health Mionister Edwin Poots(left) and the Alliance Party's Chris Lyttle in front of Stormont.

Northern Ireland- 3rd March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ovarian Cancer sufferer and campaigner Una Crudden hands in a petition to Health Minister Edwin Poots to try and increase awareness of the disease. Mrs Crudden also spoke in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont to an audience which include the Health Minister. Una Crudden with the Health Mionister Edwin Poots(left) and the Alliance Party's Chris Lyttle in front of Stormont.

Northern Ireland- 3rd March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Ovarian Cancer sufferer and campaigner Una Crudden hands in a petition to Health Minister Edwin Poots to try and increase awareness of the disease.  Mrs Crudden also spoke in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont to an audience which include the Health Minister. 

Una Crudden with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in the Senate Chamber.

Northern Ireland- 3rd March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ovarian Cancer sufferer and campaigner Una Crudden hands in a petition to Health Minister Edwin Poots to try and increase awareness of the disease. Mrs Crudden also spoke in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont to an audience which include the Health Minister. Una Crudden with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in the Senate Chamber.

Northern Ireland- 3rd March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Ovarian Cancer sufferer and campaigner Una Crudden hands in a petition to Health Minister Edwin Poots to try and increase awareness of the disease.  Mrs Crudden also spoke in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont to an audience which include the Health Minister. 

Una Crudden speaks in the Senate Chamber with the Alliance Party's Chris Lyttle looks on.

Northern Ireland- 3rd March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ovarian Cancer sufferer and campaigner Una Crudden hands in a petition to Health Minister Edwin Poots to try and increase awareness of the disease. Mrs Crudden also spoke in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont to an audience which include the Health Minister. Una Crudden speaks in the Senate Chamber with the Alliance Party's Chris Lyttle looks on.

Northern Ireland- 3rd March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Ovarian Cancer sufferer and campaigner Una Crudden hands in a petition to Health Minister Edwin Poots to try and increase awareness of the disease.  Mrs Crudden also spoke in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont to an audience which include the Health Minister. 

Una Crudden speaks in the Senate Chamber.

Northern Ireland- 3rd March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ovarian Cancer sufferer and campaigner Una Crudden hands in a petition to Health Minister Edwin Poots to try and increase awareness of the disease. Mrs Crudden also spoke in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont to an audience which include the Health Minister. Una Crudden speaks in the Senate Chamber.

Northern Ireland- 3rd March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Ovarian Cancer sufferer and campaigner Una Crudden hands in a petition to Health Minister Edwin Poots to try and increase awareness of the disease.  Mrs Crudden also spoke in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont to an audience which include the Health Minister.

Northern Ireland- 3rd March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ovarian Cancer sufferer and campaigner Una Crudden hands in a petition to Health Minister Edwin Poots to try and increase awareness of the disease. Mrs Crudden also spoke in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont to an audience which include the Health Minister.

Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Wednesday 20th June 2012 - 

SUNDAY LIFE SPIRIT OF NORTHERN IRELAND AWARDS WITH SPECSAVERS AT THE CULLODEN HOTEL.

Sunday Life Unsung Hero Award

2 David O'Dornan Associate editor of Sunday Life and John Linehan aka May McFetteridge presents Una Crudden with her finalists trophy

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Wednesday 20th June 2012 - SUNDAY LIFE SPIRIT OF NORTHERN IRELAND AWARDS WITH SPECSAVERS AT THE CULLODEN HOTEL. Sunday Life Unsung Hero Award 2 David O'Dornan Associate editor of Sunday Life and John Linehan aka May McFetteridge presents Una Crudden with her finalists trophy Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press

Northern Ireland- 27th January 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 

Prominent ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden has died.

File Picture

 Una Crudden who is being treated for ovarian cancer pictured at her home on the outskirts of west Belfast.  Mrs Crudden is also campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and has released a CD to raise funds for the cause.

Northern Ireland- 27th January 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Prominent ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden has died. File Picture Una Crudden who is being treated for ovarian cancer pictured at her home on the outskirts of west Belfast. Mrs Crudden is also campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and has released a CD to raise funds for the cause.

Northern Ireland- 27th January 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 

Prominent ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden has died.

File Picture

 Una Crudden who is being treated for ovarian cancer pictured at her home on the outskirts of west Belfast.  Mrs Crudden is also campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and has released a CD to raise funds for the cause.

Northern Ireland- 27th January 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Prominent ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden has died. File Picture Una Crudden who is being treated for ovarian cancer pictured at her home on the outskirts of west Belfast. Mrs Crudden is also campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and has released a CD to raise funds for the cause.

Northern Ireland- 27th January 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 

Prominent ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden has died.

File Picture

 Una Crudden who is being treated for ovarian cancer pictured at her home on the outskirts of west Belfast.  Mrs Crudden is also campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and has released a CD to raise funds for the cause.

Northern Ireland- 27th January 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Prominent ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden has died. File Picture Una Crudden who is being treated for ovarian cancer pictured at her home on the outskirts of west Belfast. Mrs Crudden is also campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and has released a CD to raise funds for the cause.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland  -  27th February 2014 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards in Association with THE OUTLET, Banbridge at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast.
10. Overall Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in association with The OUTLET
Winner  Una Crudden

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards in Association with THE OUTLET, Banbridge at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast. 10. Overall Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in association with The OUTLET Winner Una Crudden

Formidable strength: ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden is enjoying a few days at home after a stay in the Northern Ireland Hospice

Formidable strength: ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden is enjoying a few days at home after a stay in the Northern Ireland Hospice

Ovarian cancer patient and campaigner Una Crudden with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in the Senate Chamber.

Ovarian cancer patient and campaigner Una Crudden with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in the Senate Chamber.

Family support: Una with her daughter Grainne and her granddaughter Una

Family support: Una with her daughter Grainne and her granddaughter Una

Una Crudden, 59, is terminally ill with ovarian cancer

Una Crudden, 59, is terminally ill with ovarian cancer

Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards in Association with The OUTLET, Banbridge at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast. Winner Ð Una Crudden

Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards in Association with The OUTLET, Banbridge at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast. Winner Ð Una Crudden

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Tireless campaigner: overall winner Una Crudden

Tireless campaigner: overall winner Una Crudden

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Tireless campaigner: overall winner Una Crudden with Chris Nelmes (left) and Siobhan McKeown from The Outlet and Mike Gilson, Editor of the Belfast Telegraph Kelvin Boyes/PressEye

Tireless campaigner: overall winner Una Crudden with Chris Nelmes (left) and Siobhan McKeown from The Outlet and Mike Gilson, Editor of the Belfast Telegraph Kelvin Boyes/PressEye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

'I'm going  nowhere': Una Crudden

'I'm going nowhere': Una Crudden

Positive reflection: Una still takes pride in her appearance

Positive reflection: Una still takes pride in her appearance

Inspirational campaigner Una Crudden

Inspirational campaigner Una Crudden

Una with Health Minister Edwin Poots (left) and the Alliance Party's Chris Lyttle in front of Stormont

Una with Health Minister Edwin Poots (left) and the Alliance Party's Chris Lyttle in front of Stormont

Know the  symptoms: Ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden  (centre) with Dr Miriam McCarthy (Public Health Agency), and Macmillan GP Adviser, Dr Johnny Browne

Know the symptoms: Ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden (centre) with Dr Miriam McCarthy (Public Health Agency), and Macmillan GP Adviser, Dr Johnny Browne

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Cancer campaigner Una Crudden, who has died

Una Crudden's legacy of fighting ovarian cancer will be taken on by her devoted family.

Just days before her death yesterday morning, the tireless cancer campaigner and Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year insisted that her family should carry on her work.

The 60-year-old grandmother from west Belfast died at the Northern Ireland Hospice five years to the day when she first received her diagnosis of ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Felix, five children, Lisa, Grainne, Oonagh, Phillip and Nathan, and her twin sister at the end, having only spent her last 48 hours at the hospice.

Her eldest daughter Lisa McGarry revealed that her mother urged her to push on with her work saying “You can’t let this die with me”.

She said; “Mum was very adamant about it. So we are absolutely going to take it on, We haven’t planned out how yet as the last few months has been very much caring for my mum. We have said today that once we get Christmas over, we will start in the new year.”

The west Belfast woman gained the respect of all by continuing to fight to save other lives by early detection even though she knew her own illness was terminal.

After a five-year campaign, she succeeded in working with the Public Health Agency to develop a warning signs leaflet campaign and had set her sights to ensure that women like her had equal access to life-prolonging cancer medication.

Ms McGarry said that while she was pleased with the awareness campaign, she would have dearly wanted to see it on radio and televison.

She added: “If mum had made it another year, she had planned to make the Equality Cancer drug campaign her next big thing. She was really starting to throw her weight behind that earlier this year before she went down hill.

“There was one main drug and several other possible others that may have extended her life from anything from three months to three years but she didn’t get that as she lived here. She wanted to improve the situation for everyone in Northern Ireland.”

The grandmother found herself at the centre of government with her campaigning and an overnight social media phenomenon when she chose to share her story with the public in order to affect change. She initiated a Twitter debate called #tealtakeoever — the ovarian cancer campaign colour.

Lisa added: “She had some good days, even weeks at home and some bad.

“She was still organising and planning to the last. She has her funeral planned down to the smallest detail, she has chosen her music to be joyous and uplifting. She even had ordered ties for the boys in teal and asked everyone to wear something in teal if they can.”

She said that the family and grandchildren “were everything to my mother and she lived for us. And what goodness we have is down to her”.

Funeral

A Requiem Mass will be held at the Church of the Nativity in Poleglass on Monday at 12pm followed by a private ceremony at the crematorium. Donations in lieu of flowers

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