Australian Cancer Survivor Dies In A Freak Horse Riding Accident, Ticking Off Adventures From Her Bucket List

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By Afza Fathima | August 5, 2014 2:22 PM EST

A breast cancer-survivor died while riding a horse in the beach in South Wales. She was on a mission to fulfill her 'bucket list'. 

Recently, 51-year old Geraldine Jones, had been given the green signal after four years of intense chemotherapy for her cancer. When she suffered from the fatal blow at the beach, she had been fulfilling her "life-long wish" to ride along the coast of the beach. After her recovery, she'd vowed to appreciate every moment of her life.

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A rider and his horse walk along the surface of the frozen Yenisei River during the 44th Ice Derby amateur horse race near the settlement of Novosyolovo, some 250 km (155 miles) south of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, March 15, 2014.

In 2010, the mother-of-two was diagnosed of cancer and at that point of time, she decided to come out with a bucket list, a list of all the things she wanted to do before she died, one of them being her ride along the Llangennith Beach in South Wales.

On August 3, she was on her journey to make her wish into a reality with a friend when she suffered the fall and died from head injuries, despite wearing protective headgear, a helmet.

A female fellow horse-rider attended to her immediately and gave her first aid after which a coastguard doctor and air ambulance arrived. 

Jones worked as the communications director until 2013 at St. Michael's Hospice in Hereford. Her friend and the chief executive of the Hospice, Nicky West said that after she was diagnosed with cancer, she was very keen to appreciate every moment of her life by either visiting places she had always wanted to or spend time with her family or walk her dog. The Llangennith Beach was a part of the coast that Jones loved and she was excited about riding there. 

Usually, bucket lists are for people who are about to die, but Jones, who'd just come out cancer-free, was living her life to the fullest, he added. 

The staff of the Hospice completely broke down after they heard of Rose's, Jones maiden name, death. She was a loved member of the staff who had a vibrant personality and exceptionally good writing skills. 

Despite being diagnosed with cancer, Jones continued her work with strength and dignity. She had worked there for a span of seven years, after which she decided to become a freelance PR consultant so she could dedicate more time to the people she loved, her family, which includes her husband, Tim and two sons, Olly and Henry, aged 16 and 12 respectively.

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A rider and his horse walk along the surface of the frozen Yenisei River during the 44th Ice Derby amateur horse race near the settlement of Novosyolovo, some 250 km (155 miles) south of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, March 15, 2014.
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