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Jane McGrath
(Unknown - 2008)

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Name: Mrs Jane McGrath
Maiden Name: Steele
Gender: Female
Lived: Unknown - Sunday, 22 June 2008

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Jane McGrath, the wife of former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath, died on Sunday aged 42 after a long battle with cancer.

Jane died peacefully with her husband and their children by her side after her health had deteriorated in the past week following surgery in March.

"It is with deep sadness that the family and friends of Jane McGrath, beloved wife of former Australian cricketer Glenn and loving mother of James and Holly, must announce she passed away at her home this morning," said a statement released by Cricket Australia.

English-born Jane's long battle with cancer has been headline news because of her marriage to McGrath,  and their promotion of breast cancer awareness.

The couple started up their own foundation to raise money for research and training nurses and were recognised for their charity work earlier this year when they were appointed as Members of the Order of Australia.

"Jane's courageous struggle touched all Australians," Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement.

The McGrath Foundation is committed to continuing Jane’s legacy by not only ensuring that young women are encouraged to be breast aware but by also continuing to raise the very valuable funds to support the placement of breast care nurses throughout rural and regional Australia to help women diagnosed with breast cancer.

~ Statement from Glenn McGrath ~

I am devastated by the loss of my beautiful wife Jane. She was my best friend.

This is also a very tough time for our children James and Holly. I am grateful they were able to spend the time they had with their mother. Both are only young but as the years pass and they grow older I will ensure that they never forget how much she loved them. They were her world.

I would like to think Jane will be remembered as an extraordinary person whose courage and determination humbled me and inspired so many people. Jane would want those women who are battling breast cancer to stay strong. She would want them to draw strength from the fact she didn't only "survive" breast cancer for 11 years, but during that time she lived life to the fullest and found pleasure in the simple things so many people take for granted. I never took for granted the time I had with Jane and if there is one thing that can be drawn from her life, it is that every day is a blessing.

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Biography

Spouse's Name: Glenn Mcgrath
Children's Names: James and Holly
Country of Birth: United Kingdom
Country of Residence: Australia
Marital Status: Married

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Favourite Sport: Cricket

Passing

Date of Passing: 22 June 2008
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