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A pregnant woman who died of cancer while on a tour of New Zealand has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by a woman who spent years battling her illness.
Gina O’Sullivan, 63, who lived in Auckland, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2011 and underwent treatment in Wellington.
She was on a six-week tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2012, with the aim of raising awareness about cervical cancer and how it affects the unborn.GINA O’SULLIVAN was a cancer survivor, but never lost hope, according to her granddaughter Caroline O’Brien.
“It is so wonderful that Gina’s legacy has been recognised by the NZ Women’s Cancer Centre for her incredible contribution to the fight against cervical cancer,” she said.
Ms O’Shea, who is now living in Sydney, said she had a “bizarre” experience while travelling in Australia.
“We were in Sydney and we had to get a taxi to get to the airport because the roads were really dangerous.”
She was actually driving her own car and was travelling very quickly, so she was quite the speed demon.
“I was a bit upset that she wasn’t driving the same way as I was, so I got in the taxi and I just started crying and sobbing and she looked at me and said, ‘You are a wreck and you can’t do it’.”
Gina’s daughter, Caroline, who also lives in New Zealand, said Gina had a special quality about her.
“As soon as she was born, she took her time to get her first breath,” she added.
“Every time she was about to have a breath, she would just sit there for a while and I would see that smile on her face, so it was amazing.”
The woman who was diagnosed was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women’s Centre for Women in New England on Monday.
Gillian Rafferty, president of the New Zealand Women’s Association, said the woman’s family was “shocked” and “heartbroken” by the news.
“This is a terrible news that is really upsetting for all the families who know Gina and what she’s done for women’s rights around the world,” Ms Rafferter said.
Gina has dedicated her life to fighting cervical cancer. “
We have had many amazing people in our lives, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Gina has dedicated her life to fighting cervical cancer.
She has made an impact in so many ways.
“Gina spent the last few years researching and raising awareness of cervical cancer, Ms Raffatter said, adding that the event was the culmination of her research.”
There is a lot more to come from Gina,” Ms O’Connell said.
The Women’s Center for Women has awarded the Lifetime Award to the woman who is the mother of a baby who died from the disease.