Tributes paid to tragic Fylde coast teacher

Tributes have been paid to a former English teacher and businesswoman who has died from a rare form of cancer - leaving a £34,000 legacy to help others.

Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 12:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 12:54 pm
Julie pictured with her sons

Devoted mum-of-three Julie Gyi dedicated her life to supporting other people’s health and wellbeing through her therapeutic company.

When the former Cardinal Allen teacher was given a devastating diagnosis earlier this year, family, supporters and clients in turn rallied to raise tens of thousands of pounds to fund treatment abroad.

Her proud sons Matt, Dan and Mike are to honour one of her last wishes by sharing Julie’s treatment fund between her chosen charities, which includes the hospice that helped her.

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Speaking ahead of the funeral on September 30 at 11.30am at Carleton Crematorium, they asked guests to wear their most colourful clothes.

They said: “Mum was incredible and left us with the most fantastic memories.

“She was an amazing lady and we’ll miss her tons, but we want Saturday to be a time to celebrate her life.”

Julie, known affectionately as Jules, was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma - which accounts for just one per cent of cancers.

After surgery in February 2016, to remove the primary tumour, the future looked positive, particularly when Julie was given the all clear at her first three month check up. But at her next check up, only three months later, a lump had appeared at the back of her knee.

Numerous tests were carried out which found it was malignant and had spread around her body.

It is resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and the only possible way to treat it is not available on the NHS.

Despite having her leg amputated to remove the tumour, Julie, 59, was spurred on by the public’s support, and started to write a candid blog about her ordeal.

The positive mum-of-three learned to walk on a prosthetic and was able to walk and dance at her eldest son’s wedding in July.

But after a second trip for treatment in Germany last month, her health declined rapidly and Julie, from Cleveleys, passed away at Bispham’s Trinity Hospice.

Hundreds of mourners who followed Julie’s story took to social media with loving tributes after her family announced her death.