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It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of much admired Kerry Harvey, who passed away on Saturday 22nd February

Kerry Harvey

We were deeply saddened to hear the news that the beautiful and inspiring Kerry Harvey passed away, aged 24, on the morning of Saturday 22nd February. 

She was a brave and courageous young woman who touched so many hearts with her determination to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer despite being very ill herself. Since her diagnosis in April 2013, she devoted a significant amount of her own time trying to raise the profile of the disease that she, like many other pancreatic cancer patients, had not heard of before her diagnosis.

Kerry campaigned with selfless vigour and, despite facing criticism, wanted to help others by encouraging earlier diagnosis and attract more funds for research. She said herself, ‘some people have to shout louder and I’m on my rooftop with a megaphone.’
 
We are so grateful to her contribution to our awareness campaign. Her strength and fortitude we and other pancreatic cancer sufferers, their families and friends are very grateful for.
 
Our thoughts are now with her husband Matt and all of her family and friends at this difficult time. 
 
We will never forget Kerry who will be dearly missed, and remain in the hearts and thoughts of all of us at Pancreatic Cancer Action.  

6 Responses to “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of much admired Kerry Harvey, who passed away on Saturday 22nd February”

  1. Linda Edwards says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Kerry’s passing. I have never known such a courageous person deal with her diagnosis with such dignity, at such a very young age. I admired her greatly. I saw her recently on the television speaking of her illness and how she supported whole heartedly Pancreatic Cancer Action’s new awareness campaign, especially since the comments were her own.
    I send my deepest condolences to her husband and her family, a truly remarkable young lady.

  2. Linda Harding says:

    Ditto to all the comments above! I was saddened to hear of Kerry’s passing, what a brave young person she was and although I never met her she most certainly left a legacy of courage. I wish her husband and family every consolation and to know that the world is a better place for her having lived in it, even if it was for such a short time. Thoughts and prayers are with them.

  3. Paola Osorio says:

    It is with deep sorrow that I learnt of the story of Kerry Harvey today, a young woman with an enormous amount of courage and determination to campaign to raise the awareness and funding of pancreatic cancer regardless her own condition.
    Having lost my brother to pancreatic cancer and my mother to breast and liver cancer, this matter is particularly moving to me.
    My brother was diagnosed too late and being in a country (not the UK) where doctors utterly believed that “the removal of the pancreas through surgery was not compatible with life” and the fact that my mother survived over 5 years whereas my brother survived one year only just proved Kerry’s point and made her contribution invaluable.
    May she rest in peace and may God bring the comfort her family needs right now.

  4. Suzie connolly says:

    So sad to hear about this amazingly courageous womans passing, my heart goes out to her husband and family at this sad time. Rest in peace kerry x

  5. […] decision to be part of the campaign (PCA contacted patient groups for guidance before running it). She died in February - and I still wonder what the people who sent her those words were thinking, and what they feel […]

  6. Cheryl says:

    I am very sorry to hear this, such a brave brave woman, my thoughts go out to her family and friends and this makes me want to campaign more to get pancreatic cancer awareness..

    I watched her interview on you tube where she spoke to Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield, and was in awe of her courage and that she was in pain and was clearly suffering but what stood out to me is that she didn’t wear a scarf. Most women would feel self concious about the loss of her hair or the painful tumours that she had on her head…

    A true angel who campaigned to help others even in the worst circumstances…. Sweet dreams Kerry, I hope your pain has gone…

    xx

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