Inspirational teen Billie-Jayne Fulford from Northfield has died following a brave battle with a rare form of cancer.
The St Thomas Acquinas pupil was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2006 when a tumour was found on her hip. Following surgery to remove her leg and part of her hip and intensive chemotherapy treatment, Billie-Jayne fought on and returned to school. Despite facing many challenges, she went on to achieve five C grades in her GCSEs in 2011 and wowed her friends and teachers by dancing at her prom.
Sadly, the disease returned and further chemotherapy treatment could not bring it under control.
For her bravery and determination, Billie-Jayne was awarded an ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement Award’ in the Northfield Youth Awards at a presentation at her school back in December 2011. She received her award in person, despite being under the care of St Mary’s Hospice Birmingham. At West Midlands Police’s Tally-Ho in Edgbaston in February this year, Billie-Jayne again braved illness to accept her award at the main Northfield Youth Awards ceremony.
St Thomas Aquinas School tweeted: “Today, the school community heard the news that Billie-Jayne Fulford had died. May she rest in peace. RIP Billie-Jayne”
Northfield MP Richard Burden, who presented Billie with her award, tweeted: “Sad to hear that Billie-Jayne Fulford has died. Northfield’s Billlie-Jayne Fulford youth award will live on in her memory
B31 Voices send their condolences and best wishes to Bille-Jayne’s family and friends.
Watch Richard Burden speak about Billie-Jayne and present her ward at the Northfield Youth Awards in February: