Today, we learnt the sad news that our team member and dear friend Joanna had lost her fight with bowel cancer after battling Crohn’s for 30 years. Joanna was a true hero to the end, always positive, always looking for the best in every situation. She had an immense talent for graphical design and made a huge contribution to this website and the Crohn’s MAP Vaccine cause. A few weeks ago when we knew she was gravely ill, the team wrote tributes to Jo letting her know how special she was. Through those words, it was clear that she was a caring, kind, creative and fun person who prioritised the right things in life. Jo coined the phrase that defines the CMV campaign “I want to be cured, not managed” and produced countless brilliant graphics for CMV.
Jo recently married Steve, her long term partner of 25 years, who survives her along with her dog Tilly. She will be missed by all of us, but never forgotten. Before she died, we promised her that we would continue the fight to cure Crohn’s until it was won and that one day we would toast her name when patients finally will say, I will be cured, not managed.
Love from all at CMV
Joanna requested that people who would like to remember her, make a donation, rather than send flowers