A marathon workout session is being held in memory of an “inspirational” 34-year-old who has died of cancer.
Dawn Morley, a former Our Lady’s High School pupil from Ashton, died at St Catherine’s Hospice on April 6, after first being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.
She had been planning a fundraising event to thank the hospice, which friends have now taken over, and a two-hour “combat against cancer mash up” called Doing It For Dawn, will take place in the grounds on Saturday, April 26, from noon.
Dawn’s friend Helen Freeman said: “Dawn never gave up, she was an inspiration to everyone that knew her, she welcomed each day with positivity and a smile and had a desire to live life to its fullest.
“The last 13 months has been an emotional journey for Dawn, her family and close friends, but in no way did this stop Dawn.
“No matter how bad she felt she would not be seen without her full make up and fake tan and she loved her weekly trips to the hairdresser for a full pamper session.”
In July 2013, with support from family, friends and colleagues at NCO Europe, Dawn completed a walk from Blackpool Tower to the Ribble Pilot in Preston, in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Dawn was pushed in her wheelchair, but when the party got to Preston Docks, she got up with her oxygen tank on her back, and squeezing Helen’s hand tightly, managed to walk the final 300 metres.
Helen added: “It was a fantastic achievement for Dawn considering how ill she was. I speak for everyone when I say it was very emotional and a proud moment.
“Dawn was loved by everyone, she could light up a room with her infectious smile and sparkling eyes.”
Dawn’s parents have thanked staff at St Catherine’s for their care and compassion.