EXPIRED: 01/19/10 – Jennifer Lyon, 37, was best known for suffering nearly 30 days of grueling battles in the reality TV show Survivor: Palau and coming in 4th.
She’s less known for her grueling battle with breast cancer and getting beat again. But this time she put up a much better fight.
“In the summer of 2004, I felt something in my right breast that didn’t feel normal,” Lyon told People magazine after the diagnosis. “I thought it was probably scar tissue related to my breast implants. So I let it go – for a long time.”
Lyon had a double masectomy and hosted various fundraisers for breast cancer, including a unique one just weeks ago.
Because the previous Christmas had been so rough, this year she decided to open a Christmas tree lot so she could extend the holidays for as long as possible. Then in typical Jenn fashion, she made the decision to donate profits to the Susan Love Cancer Research Foundation. The tree lot was a major undertaking, yet there she was every day doing her part to try to raise money to make sure nobody else had to ever endure the same struggle.
She passed on in her home in Oregon, always a Survivor.