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Bonita - Ironman - #CozJedMatters

Bonita - Ironman - #CozJedMatters

Personal message

Thank you for visiting my fund raising page and making a donation towards Rainbows and Smiles Foundation.  Your donation has been made in memory of Jed Brady Thomas-Suckling and will be used for children fighting cancer.

Thank you so much for supporting me in my cycle and mission to make a difference in the life of a child with cancer.

To help me raise funds please click the "Donate Now" link on this page. 

Making your donation on this page is a really simple credit card payment process, and even the smallest contribution will help these precious children.

My story - One Life: - 6 years 8 months and 8 days...

In August 2008, 2 mths before his 4th birthday, my only child, Jed, was diagnosed with a high grade malignant brain tumour.  Jed had 3 major brain operations, 35 sessions of radiation, and was on experimental chemo from the date of his diagnoses.  Sadly, 3 yrs later on 11 July 2011, Jed passed away in my arms at home.  

My world was totally devoted to Jed’s health and fighting for his life.  Getting chemo protocols approved, fighting the medical system and spending all my energy on trying to save my son’s life.  After Jed passed away, a large part of me died with him.  I was totally lost and felt completely alone with no purpose left.  Ever heard the saying “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies” – I had half a soul and no life left in me, my best friend and soul mate was gone. 

With no direction and no energy I lay around grieving for my son in a hopeless downward spiral.  Ralf showed me the the Team Hoyt’s story on youtube, about a father who races with his physically and mentally disabled son who cannot walk or talk. I felt a mammoth connection to father and son.  My son wasn’t physically with me but I could carry him with me in my heart.  Jed was physically paralyzed, blind and mute when he passed away but that smile never faded…. And so my journey of discovery began, turning my negative energy, pain and hurt into something positive. 

I am not a natural sports women and this is JUST the biggest triathlon in the world.  Ironman 2014
is not about completing a “sports event” – it’s about finding a reason to live, it’s about showing the world that there is life after losing your only child, it’s about proving that my son’s life mattered, it’s about raising awareness for childhood cancer and most importantly it’s for my best friend Jed!  The fight is never over! I hope I can do this for my son as I hold his memory close to my heart.

3.8km Swim, 180km Cycle and 42.2km Run #CozJedMatters and so do his friends!

Donations

  • Apr 14, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "Well done on a fantastic achievement. You bring so much awareness to Childhood Cancer may you always continue to support all those families in need." - Samantha Oliveira

  • Apr 10, 2014 - R 100.00
  • "Well done." - C + M's Granny

  • Apr 09, 2014 - R 261.64
  • "Because Jed will always matter and so does his mommy and all of the other children fighting this horrible monster." - calebsmum

  • Apr 08, 2014 - R 2 000.00
  • "Amazing effort, well done Bon. You are an insperation. #jedmatters" - Lou, Margie, Greg, Kae & Bryn

  • Apr 04, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "Great challenge ahead of you! Wishing you everything of the best. After all the training, most of the work is now done. Just keep moving forwards tomorrow :) Well done for getting to the start! xXx" - Tim & Sandy Roux

  • Apr 03, 2014 - R 400.00
  • "So proud of you, you are an inspiration and I believe in you xxxx" - OJ

  • Apr 03, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "coz Jed matters.... " - Hammond family

  • Apr 02, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "We need more people in this world who have a heart the size of yours and the passion to make the most of every day we have on earth! You are amazing Bonita!" - Leigh & Bruce Bekker

  • Apr 02, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "You are an inspiration! You will be guided and protected by the love and admiration of your son this weekend as you complete the toughest physical challenge!!!! I am rooting for you every step!!!" - Mel Jones

  • Apr 01, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "Stay Safe. It's not where you finish. Just finish!" - Roger McDougall

  • Apr 01, 2014 - R 226.00
  • "Good luck. Wish I could spend this special day with you. You will be in my thoughts." - Karen & Richard Eslickrichard

  • Mar 31, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck, go for it!" - Lynn Canes

  • Mar 31, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "My gorgeous girl, you are SO ready for Ironman SA!! I promise that the memory of Jed will always be alive in our household. Lots of love from Ralf, Bounce, Lol-Lee and Jed in heaven." - Ralf Paps

  • Mar 31, 2014 - R 100.00
  • "Best of luck - You will rock this!" - Jax - Kirsty

  • Mar 31, 2014 - R 226.00
  • "Cos I can and CosJedMatters" - Collette

  • Mar 29, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "Go Bon, you inspire us all." - Richard

  • Mar 27, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "Love you Bon and am very proud of you" - Your other mo

  • Mar 27, 2014 - R 250.00
  • "Go do this for the kids Bon....with you all the way. So proud of you!!" - Belinda Smith

  • Mar 27, 2014 - R 226.00
  • "You can doooo iiitttttt! xxx" - Gobbi, Mr Man, JdBabe, Jax, Arial & Rocco

  • Mar 26, 2014 - R 100.00
  • "Go Baba. Mama loves you so much" - Mama

  • Mar 25, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "Mommy says you told her not to donate- but you can't moan at me coz I am only little :) Go Aunty Bon! You can & WILL do it- #CozJedMatters! Jed is so lucky to have you as his mommy. Love you xx" - Madison

  • Mar 20, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "You go girl! This donation is in memory of my beautiful Declan who left us 5 years ago. Never ever ever forgotten and carried in my heart. Playing with Jed and all the children we have lost." - Gillian Daryl Declan and Kyra

  • Feb 12, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "I now see why not even a kick to your face will stop you because your eye is a long way away from your heart!" - TinfoilMan

  • Feb 12, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "'Coz you're my HERO!! See you at the finish line, Bon Bon..." - Cinds

  • Feb 12, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "You go Bon .... my inspiration and a reminder that there are still good people left in this world #CozJedMatters" - Cath Bronze

  • Feb 08, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "Good Luck, So proud of the lady you have become" - Big sister go Bones

  • Feb 07, 2014 - R 226.00
  • "Easy-peasy Bonita! good luck and enjoy the long day out:)" - Glen Gore

  • Jan 30, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "In memory of John-David Mc Intyre my son who earned his angel wings and is free from pain." - Anchen Herbst

  • Jan 28, 2014 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck Bonnie. " - Anchen and John-David

  • Jan 24, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "go Bon! you are one amazing lady! Cheering you all the way!" - Liezle de Klerk

  • Jan 23, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck Bonnie" - Roger McDougall

  • Jan 23, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • ""Experience is a different teacher; giving you the test first and the lesson later" God Bless xx " - Darryl Beckley & Melisa Koornhof

  • Jan 23, 2014 - R 1 130.00
  • "one kilometer at a time Bons " - Anthony

  • Jan 22, 2014 - R 226.00
  • "One Rand for every kilometer of IronMan. After this you will never be the same, be very proud and love every moment of it." - Conrad Greer

  • Jan 21, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Bon Bon!! " - Glenn Ambrose

  • Jan 21, 2014 - R 300.00
  • "Well done Bonnie " - Brian

  • Jan 21, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "For my brave Aunty Bon. #CozJedMatters" - Caleb van Breda

  • Jan 19, 2014 - R 220.00
  • "You go Bon!! What an inspiration you are!! Jed will forever matter!! God bless you my friend!! Love you lots" - Imelda

  • Jan 18, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "Inspiring story - so great meeting you! " - Janine

  • Jan 18, 2014 - R 1 264.00
  • "Carry him with you, Bon... across the finish line - with a smile on your face! He lives within you. Love you XO!" - Jed's Angel

  • Jan 17, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "Go well Bonnie!" - Bill Nash

  • Jan 16, 2014 - R 2 300.00
  • "An inspiration to us all - good luck and remember to keep your mouth closed whilst swimming" - Bestie

  • Jan 16, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "What an inspiration! Good luck! " - WendyT

  • Jan 16, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "Go Mommy Go" - Jed's Daddy

  • Jan 16, 2014 - R 250.00
  • "You are an IronWOman. So, So Proud of you. Love you lots xxx" - Collette

  • Jan 15, 2014 - R 226.00
  • "You can do it ! We know you can! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" - Paul & Karen

  • Jan 14, 2014 - R 2 260.00
  • "Cause you're gorgeous. " - Andrew

  • Jan 14, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "One life, live it!!! The pain will last for 226kms but the memories forever" - R, L, C and M

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Fundraising target

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