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Cancer death of Feniscowles hairdresser and sports coach
A FAMILY has paid tribute to a mother-of-two who died after suffering from a brain tumour.
Sarah Gornall, 45, was described as an ‘inspirational’ and popular woman, who was always positive despite her condition.
The hairdresser, of Arnside Crescent, Feniscowles, Blackburn, had battled with a cancerous brain tumour for six years.
Her husband Graham, 51, said she had always looked on the bright side.
The BAE Systems employee, who works at the Samlesbury site, said: “Sarah put everybody else before herself.
“She was positive all the way through.
“Sarah used to say she was going to kick the tumour’s bum. She would say all the time that it did not matter.”
Brought up in Cherry Tree, Sarah was a former pupil at Griffin Park Primary School.
She was a keen sportswoman and coached footballers from Lammack Juniors and athletes from Blackburn Harriers.
In 2006, after suffering from bad headaches, she visited the optician who advised her to see her GP.
She was then referred to specialists at Preston Royal Hospital, where she had an operation to remove a tumour the size of a golf ball.
Around four years later doctors found her tumour had started to grow back and her condition deteriorated.
Despite another operation, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, she passed away at home on February 22. She leaves son Luke, 24, daughter Hollie, 19, parents Bob and Brenda and brother and sister Chris and Melloney.
He funeral, which was held at St Francis Church, was attended by so many people that they could not all fit inside the church.
Graham said: “She was a wonderful mum and a wonderful person.
“All her friends used to call her an inspiration. They could not believe how brave she was.
“I would like to thank all our friends and family for their continued support.”
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