A ‘generous and loving’ mother has been told a brain tumor she had could not be cured, leaving her three sons heartbroken.
Jenny Garner, 62, was diagnosed on February 23 with the most common high-grade primary brain tumour, grade IV glioblastoma. Doctors told her that although she was incurable, they could work to shrink the tumor.
Jenny, who lived in Warrington, had about nine to twelve months to live. However, less than three months after the diagnosis, on May 18, she died.
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In August, Paul Garner, Jenny’s son, will undertake a charity parachute jump to raise funds for The Brain Tumor Charity to help other families in the same situation, despite her fear of heights. Paul said: ‘It was such a huge shock because it was less than three months between the diagnosis and his death.
“They turned around and basically said there was nothing we could do. This is the hardest part because of course you turn to hope first and think there must be something. It was difficult because she was only 62 and it was really out of the blue.
“The prognosis that she might only live for nine to 12 months was obviously very difficult to hear. You can still do a lot in that time, but it was getting worse and worse with each hospital visit.
Paul, 26, said his mum was family oriented and loved spending time with her grandchildren, James (eight) and Harry (one). She worked at Barclays Bank in Wavertree for 30 years and was loved by many, including her husband John and her two other sons, Michael and Stephen, reports the Echo of Liverpool.
Paul, who works in sales for a software company, said: “My mum was a very special woman – so kind, generous and loving. She was so selfless in everything she did and put everyone before herself.
“She had a smile that would light up any room. As a family we are so lucky to have had her in our lives and she will be forever missed.
Jenny’s illness was not the first time Paul was personally affected by glioblastoma. In 2019, his friends Mike and Joanne lost their son, Jacob, to the same tumor. The parachute jump will also be in memory of Jacob.
He is due to participate in the charity parachute jump on August 26 at the Black Knights Parachute Center in Lancaster. He set up a fundraising page this week and has already surpassed his £1,000 goal.
He said: “I just wanted to do something that was challenging and I get dizzy. It should be fun, but I’ll definitely be nervous that day. It’s a good thing to be able to do in his memory.
“I just don’t want anyone else to have to go through what our family went through, so I’m doing my best to raise money for research. It seems so crazy that there is practically nothing to do.
You can donate on Paul’s GoFundMe page here.