Jones re­ceives courage medal

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Lib­eral Leader Yvonne Jones has been awarded the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety’s Medal of Courage.

The MHA for Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair re­ceived the award in St. John’s last month dur­ing the so­ci­ety’s Metro Re­lay for Life.

Jones was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer in Au­gust 2010, and has been very pub­lic about her battle with the disease.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease is­sued by the Cancer So­ci­ety, Jones “ made it her mis­sion to make her diagnosis mat­ter. She was able to reach out to many women, let­ting them know they are never alone. She has shared her ex­pe­ri­ences, feel­ings and emo­tions about her battle, all the while in­spir­ing oth­ers who have been af­flicted with this disease.”

Jones con­tin­ues to urge women about the im­por­tance of reg­u­lar test­ing for early de­tec­tion and self­care to help pre­vent cancer.

She was nom­i­nated by the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety Re­lay For Life com­mit­tee in Char­lot­te­town, Labrador.

“ We stand in awe once again of this amaz­ing woman who has shown courage, strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion in many facets of her life for years but none so much as when she started her own per­sonal battle with the mon­ster called cancer. We ap­plaud her,” said com­mit­tee mem­ber Lisa Demp­ster.

The Medal of Courage is granted to an in­di­vid­ual who ex­hibits “out­stand­ing and un­usual courage” in his or her battle with cancer, and has helped fur­ther the mis­sion of the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety or that of the cancer con­trol com­mu­nity.

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