On the 16th January 2013 at 16.15 Vicky finally lost her brave battle. She went peacefully, surrounded by her family. She was strong right up to the end and is now finally free. She was a beloved wife, daughter, sister and friend and will be greatly missed. She was an inspiration to us all by embracing the ' Imagine it ' ethos, of living for every moment. May she forever rest peacefully among the poppy fields.
As you all know one of Vicky's passions is to raise awareness of ACC so others don't have to walk the path she so valiantly undertook. As one of the driving forces behind Imagine It (www.imagineit.org.uk) it seems fitting that we continue to do this through regular events and challenges with all funds raised going to the University of Michigan's ACC research project. Among social events, half marathons, and 'insane terrain' runs a team of 22 of us are taking on the 3 peaks in 24 hours challenge in August. Watch this space as with Vicky's spirit around us we can truly conquer this disease with greater awareness and funds for the ACC research project. Together we can be an unstoppable force.
Secondly, Vicky learned to love life despite the barrage of emotional and physical challenges therefore it is only fitting that we continue the story of the journey that Vicky and her body took. There is still plenty to tell and while we may lack the creative finesse with the written word that Vicky so clearly demonstrated, as with all that Vicky put her mind to there is a memorable story to come. Watch this space.
In the meantime take heart and inspiration from the rare spirit that Vicky held and go live your life passionately, don't sweat the small stuff, hug those that are close and learn to laugh out loud!
We love you unconditionally Vicky and thank you for the many memories and lessons you have taught us. A true super star.