‘Inspiring’ Gee Gee fought until the end

Friends pay tribute to Gee Gee Woodley
Friends pay tribute to Gee Gee Woodley

The mother of an ‘inspiring’ 18-year-old who died from cancer has vowed to realise her daughter’s dreams.

Georgina Woodley, known as Gee Gee, battled cancer for more than a year before she died last Wednesday (April 17).

Her mother Carol, 47, said Gee Gee planned to spend her life travelling the world and teaching people how to live life with gratitude and happiness.

She said: “I used to call her my little warrior because she wanted to heal the world.

“She was unique and quirky.

“Her belief was that whoever it is up there, wanted her to go through this so people around her could learn lessons.

“She never moaned, she never cried. She was determined she wasn’t going anywhere, she fought right until the very end.

“She was a very inspiring young lady. She definitely got taken too soon, for sure.”

Carol set up a fund page called ‘Saving Gee Gee’ after she was diagnosed last March to raise money to look for alternative treatments. The fund now holds £23,000.

Donations can go towards setting up a healing centre for teenagers with cancer, as Gee Gee aimed to do. Donations are also needed so her family and friends can travel around the world with Gee Gee’s hair.

Carol said: “We are going to spread bits of her hair around the world. When we were discussing future plans she said ‘just put me everywhere’.

“She always wanted to make her own happy community. I said, ‘You have created your own community with the fund’. She was like, ‘Yeah, my work’s done now’.

“She was not scared of death. As far as she was concerned it was a rebirth.

“She believed she had learnt her lessons and was ready to go on to better things.”

Gee Gee’s friends and family gathered in Tilgate Park on Friday (April 19) and released hundreds of balloons.

Carol said: “We will remember her with a smile on her face. I know she’s up there kicking my butt saying, ‘Get this health centre going!’”

To visit the ‘Saving Gee Gee’ page visit www.gofundme.com/Gee-Gee-Fund

Gee Gee’s funeral will take place on Friday (April 26) at 2pm in St John’s Church, Crawley followed by a private family cremation.