A DETERMINED woman who spent her six-year cancer battle raising thousands for charity and blogging about her experiences in a bid to help others has died.
Tributes from all over the world have been flooding in for Karen Goodwin, who first graced the pages of the Free Press 25 years ago after being crowned the first ever Miss Doncaster Free Press in our beauty contest.
Karen’s inspirational blog and internet forum documenting her illness attracted a huge following from other cancer sufferers.
From the moment Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 she also set about raising money for charity, completing events such as Race for Life three times.
Karen, 45, also embarked on a charity trek up Snowdon despite having a collapsed lung at the time. She was devastated poor weather meant they had to turn back just before the summit.
Following Karen’s death on January 16, 50 girls from the forum have vowed to trek up Snowdon this year in a memorial expedition they are calling ‘Kazza’s crazy climbers” and have already raised £8,500.
Proud mum Lorraine Roberts, of Moorends, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the messages we have had from people since Karen passed away, people from as far as America have been posting messages and the ones who can’t attend the funeral are planning to hold a minutes silence.
“Karen was such a bubbly person, people on the forum said she was a crazy lady, she would always see the funny side of things and keep their spirits up with one of her quirky one liners.
“I didn’t think Karen was a strong person until she was diagnosed with cancer and I couldn’t believe how well she coped. She dedicated her time to helping other people, she even posted a video on You Tube shaving her head to show people it didn’t matter and it would grow back.
“She was an inspiration to so many people and she’s leaving a lasting legacy behind, I’m so proud of her.”
Karen, who was married to Lee and lived in Nottingham, had started writing a book about her experiences but died before completing it. To read Karen’s story visit http://www.breastcancerstory.co.uk and to donate to Kazza’s Crazy Climbers visit Kazzas Crazy Climbers