Australian, London Olympics medallist rower, Sarah Tait has died after a battle with cervical cancer- she was 33. She is survived by her senior national coach husband Bill and two children.
Sadly, the HPV vaccine she had when she was younger didn’t save her and neither did the chemotherapy.
From the Yahoo News article:
“It’s not how I thought my life would look like at this stage.
I had the cervical cancer vaccine when I was younger. I’ve had regular pap smears my whole life, most recently in December, which didn’t pick it up. Said Tait.”
Remember, studies have shown that Gardasil(the HPV vaccine)can make women MORE likely to get the high risk strains of HPV that lead to the deadly cancer, than women who’ve received no vaccine at all. Even CBS was forced to admit this on the national news. The Solution? Merck says MORE shots. Many say this isn’t true, but click on this link to read the CBS article about the study that showed the dangers of Gardasil. Every day we talk to women or their mothers who have contracted HPV after the vaccination. And the studies speak for themselves.
Perth-born and raised Tait, who captained Australia’s rowing team at the Beijing Olympics was diagnosed with cervical cancer in March 2013. Before her diagnosis, she was fit and healthy. The diagnosis shocked she and her husband, telling The West Australian, “It’s been a rollercoaster.”
Tait won a gold and silver medal at the 2005 World Rowing championships, as well as a bronze in the same competition in 2011. She won her Olympic silver medal in the pairs in 2012.
Rob Scott, Rowing Australia’s CEO, said she was a role model to all athletes and remembered her as determined and passionate in her sport, remarking that she will be missed.
Our heart goes out to her husband and children. We will update you as more information becomes available.