As a legacy to Jo (Joanna) Bryant, Team Bryant raises funds to help support young people fighting cancer so that they will ‘never, never, never give up their fight’.
Initially setup as the Joanna Bryant Benefit Trust, Team Bryant was set up to support our dear friend Jo Bryant in her battle with cancer after she was diagnosed with Cardiac Sarcoma in February 2011.
After 2 open-heart surgeries, 360 hours of chemotherapy, and a spell of “complete remission”, Jo’s cancer returned and spread to her lungs. Conventional medicine had at this stage ‘run out of ideas’ and gave Jo 6-12 months to live. Jo, however, had promised to ‘never, never, never give up’ and embarked on a course of further chemotherapy as well as trying a huge array of alternative treatments.
Over the next 12 months Jo amassed a great following and Team Bryant was born. Through word of mouth, social media and national press coverage Jo’s battle with cancer attracted the attention of politicians, sporting superstars and even Hollywood celebrities. From Boris Johnson, to Dan Carter and even Prince Harry, people posed in photographs with the slogan “Go JB” or “Team JB”, helping raise awareness of her fight some of which can be found below:
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Throughout her battle Jo wrote an incredible blog ‘Tales from the Heart’, which provided friends and family with a real insight into the challenges that cancer patients face on a daily basis. Written with an incredible strength and with a touch of humour you can read her journey here:
Despite putting up an incredible fight Jo lost her battle with one of the rarest cancers on earth less than 2 years later, aged just 30 years old. She passed away in her sleep on January 12th 2013 with her family by her side.
Jo’s experience highlighted that the 25-35 year old age group is missed by many other charities, yet it is a pivotal time where Jo’s peer group were going through life changes which she would have been experiencing prior to diagnosis. Witnessing weddings, pregnancies, house moves and promotions, Jo took action to find comfort in other activities more accessible to her new way of life and these are the comforts we wish to help make available to others reshaping their new journey.
Team Bryant has two missions. Our first is to share Jo’s discoveries so that useful contacts and knowledge are more accessible – the Knowledge Bank on this website will put all of this valuable information in one place. Secondly we aim to deliver Jo’s legacy by providing support to others, of a similar age, affected by cancer.
We will be partnering with a select group of charities to help fund projects specifically aimed at young people and focus on holistic cancer care, nutrition, cancer support groups, counselling sessions or any other areas that the committee deems appropriate and fitting with Jo’s values as we remember them.
Alongside these specific projects we continue to raise awareness for sarcoma, a rare form of cancer of which we all know very little. When Jo was diagnosed with cardiac sarcoma it was even less familiar. We hope through our work we can connect networks so future diagnosis comes with more understanding and contributes to research funds to defeat sarcoma.
Throughout her illness Jo remained positive, fought hard and most importantly retained her enthusiasm for life. Team Bryant hopes to encourage and support others to be as brave in their own fights against cancer and to help make the battle that little bit easier.
For more details on how Team Bryant funds are being put to good use please read about our Partners.