Woman Beats Cancer, Dies in Freak Bucket-List Fall
Mom of 2 recently beat breast cancer after 4 years of chemo
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2014 8:26 AM CDT
Updated Aug 9, 2014 7:30 AM CDT
A wild horse walks along a beach with some freshly picked grass to eat in Assateague State Park on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Md.   (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Joe Lamberti)

(Newser) – After four years of chemo in facing down—and recently beating—breast cancer, 51-year-old Geraldine Jones set out to fulfill a "lifelong dream" of riding a horse on her favorite stretch of beach in South Wales as a way to "appreciate every moment," a close friend tells the Telegraph. But that dream was cut short when she fell from her horse and, in spite of her helmet, sustained a fatal head injury. Though her experienced rider friend and a passing jogger both administered first aid, she was pronounced dead on the coast guard flight to a nearby hospital.

"He has been inconsolable ever since," a neighbor says of Jones' husband in an interview with the Daily Mail. "She had faced this cancer battle and they had overcome it together … And then this goes and happens. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything more tragic in my life." Jones, who had been communications director at a hospital in Wales until she turned to freelance PR consulting a year ago to spend more time with her family, is also survived by her two teenage sons. "They were not doing anything wrong," a member of the coast guard said of the riders. "They were just enjoying the day, as everyone was." (See what another cancer survivor elected to do with his time.)

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Aug 10, 2014 8:46 AM CDT
Nobody gets out of here alive! That creepy reaper is always lurking around every corner. This is just one of his little irony's.
Mark Dreher
Aug 9, 2014 3:17 PM CDT
As a horse farmer, I can tell you, "a horse, can be dangerous". Deadly. I mean, they are soo big, just "stepping on your toe", can send you to the hospital. Fear horses. I do. And I am alive today, because of it. "Respect horses", might be a better term.
Aug 6, 2014 2:27 AM CDT
I have a horse (obvious from my photo), and yes, it is a dangerous sport even with a good helmet. In June, I was bucked off and sustained a hairline fracture of my hip socket. In the past, I've had smashed ribs and a concussion. I know other riders who have had all kinds of injuries, and one who died from a kick. That said, a simple ride on a beach with a well trained horse and while wearing a helmet -- this sounds like a freak accident and they all have my sincere sympathies.