Jones receives courage medal
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.