86-year-old Willie Nelson saves 70 horses from the slaughterhouse to roam free on his ranch in Texas

86-year-old singer Willie Nelson shows no signs of slowing down!

The star is usually on the road, but when he isn’t, you can usually find him on his ranch out in the Texas Hill Country.

After all, that’s where his beloved horses reside!

Recently, the singer rescued 70 horses in the nick of time—they were about to be sent to the slaughterhouse, and then to a glue factory. It’s a horrible fate for these kind and majestic animals.

As a lover of horses, Willie couldn’t see that happen. They now live on his 700-acre property, dubbed “Luck Ranch.”

The ranch is indeed lucky, at least for the horses. There, they have tons of space to roam and are treated like kings and queens.

According to The Epoch Times, Willie said, “My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world. They get hand-fed twice a day, and they were just ready to go to slaughter is probably the last thing they remembered, so they’re happy horses.”

Willie’s love for the animals is well documented: he mentions them in many of his songs.

 

Sad Story-When the family tried to pay us, we said, ‘No way this one is on us.’

 

“Today a lady and her mother and husband came in to our Home Depot telling us that the insurance company may or may not pay for their little boy’s walker, so they went on the internet and found plans to make one out of PVC pipe. My store manager heard about this and we went over to them looked at their plans and said, ‘We got this.’ So, we started putting it together told the family to go and enjoy ice cream and come back in an hour.

Other associates started jumping in and when the family came back it was done. Everyone was crying to see Logan walk around with the biggest smile on his face.

When the family tried to pay us, we said, ‘No way this one is on us.’

Thanks to all that help and for being a blessing to this family and to this little guy.”

Credit: Jeffrey Anderson

Statement from Faith Leaders Regarding Special Day of Prayer

We the undersigned are calling for June 2 to be a SPECIAL Day of Prayer for the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, that God would protect, strengthen, embolden, and direct him.

We believe our nation is at a crossroads, at a dangerous precipice. The only one who can fix our country’s problems is God Himself, and we pray that God will bless our president and our nation for His glory.

>> Read Franklin Graham’s full statement on Facebook.

>> Will you be praying? Tell us here.

 

Dr. Abby Abildness
Executive Director, Healing Tree International

Lourdes Aguirre
Eres America

Brian Alarid
America Prays and World Prays

Jonathan Alexandre
Senior Counsel for Governmental Affairs, Liberty Counsel

Marcy Allen
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Robert Anderson
Rand Associates

Pam Arrington
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Thomas Ascol
Founders Ministry

Michele Bachmann
Former United States Representative

Sam Bailey
Senior Pastor, Twin Lakes Baptist Church

Jerry and Judy Ball
Breaker of Dawn Ministries International

Sara Ballenger
President, Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

Dr. JN-Mathieu Baptiste
Reverend, Haitian Evangelical Crusade Association

David Barton
Founder and President, Wallbuilder

Becky Bates
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Gary Bauer
President, American Values

Henry & Jacqueline Becerra
Senior Pastor, City Church International

John Benefiel
Senior Pastor, Church on the Rock and Founder, Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network (HAPN)

Bishop Leon Benjamin
New Life Harvest Church

Rev. Desiree Bernstein
World Harvest

John & Lisa Bevere
Messenger International

Mike Bickle
Founder and Director, International House of Prayer

Negiel Bigpond
Founder and National Director, All Tribes

Gary Blackard
President and CEO, Adult & Teen Challenge USA

Barry Blenis
Church Prayer Leaders Network

Ron Boehme
Youth With A Mission

Jim Bolthouse
President, The Presidential Prayer Team

Rev. Maryal Boumann
Pray California, The Prayer Council of the United States, Women’s Ministry Director, Voices of Hope Ministries

Dr. Kie Bowman
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park Baptist

Judy Braland
CRYFlorida

Mario Bramnick
Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition

Corine Branch
Senior Pastor, Destiny Christian Church

Carol Bratcher
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Dean Brigs
IHOPKC

David & April Brinson
Senior Pastor, Eighth Day Church

Matt Brown
Founder, Think Eternity

Jacob Brunton
Founder, The New Christian Intellectual

Tom Buck
Senior Pastor, FBC Lindale

Eric & Kim Buehrer
Founders, Gateways to Better Ed

Rhonda Burnett
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Wendy Bustin
Pastor, Open Door Community Church
Vice President of Evangelical Bible Mission International

Dave Butts
America’s National Prayer Committee

Rev. Pierre Bynum
Family Research Council

Jonathan Cain
Journey and Worship Pastor, City of Destiny

Ben Calhoun
Christian Music Artist

Kenneth Cameron
Senior Pastor, Danville Alliance Church

Rev. Nancy Campbell
White Fields Church

Jo Hansen Canon
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

JC Cantu
Lead Pastor, New Beginnings Ozona

CJ Canzano
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Lea Carawan
Executive Director, Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

Kathy Carlin
Director, Serving in Jesus’ Name

Rev. Miguel Castro
Pastor, Healing the Wounds Church Hamden, Connecticut 

Dr. Doug Clay
General Superintendent, Assemblies of God

Dr. Tim Clinton
President, American Association of Christian Counselors

Julie Clinton
President, Extraordinary Women Ministries

John Coats
Pastor, Metropolitan Church of God In Christ

Kelvin L. Cobaris
Cobaris Ministries International

Cynthia Collins
Operation Outcry

Bishop Ira Combs, Jr.
Greater Bible Way Temple

Rochelle Connor
President, Frederick Douglass Foundation, California

Kenneth & Gloria Copeland
Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Jason Crabb
Christian Music Artist

Matt & Laurie Crouch
President of TBN

Otilia Curiel
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call, In Him Christian Fellowship

Bau Dang
Senior Pastor, Garden Grove United Methodist Church

John and Ruth DeBow
Pastors, Napa Foursquare Church

Curtis Dikoff
Revival Prayer Fellowship

Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
James Dobson Family Institute

Frank and Ruby Dodson
Strong Tower Fellowship Ministries

Robin Durham
Compass Regional Network

Fatima Eid
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Kristy Edwards
Trinity East Coordinators of TXAPN

Marguerite Ennason
City of Destiny

Kris Eslick
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Mike Evans
President, Friends of Zion, Jerusalem Prayer Team

Jerry Falwell, Jr.
President, Liberty University

Brian Fisher
President, Human Coalition

Herb and Dona Fisher
President and Vice President, Friendship Foundation, Inc.

Robert Flores
Lead Pastor, Bethesda Assembly of God

Margie Fontenot
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Terri Savelle Foy
Minister and Author
President of Terri Savelle Foy Ministries

Jentezen Franklin
Senior Pastor, Free Chapel

Steve Gaines, PhD
Senior Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee
Immediate Past President of the Southern Baptist Convention

Ray & Richelle Garcia
Apostle, The Impact Center of Lawton

Rev. Jesus Garcia
Pentecostal, Pastor, John 316 Church

Dr. Jim Garlow
CEO, Well Versed, Inc.

Rosemary Schindler Garlow
CEO, Schindler’s Ark

Cynthia Garrett
President, Cynthia Garrett Ministries

Debra George
Founder, Debra George Ministries

Steve Gibb
Senior Pastor, Christian Life Community Church

Danny Gokey
Christian Music Artist

James W. Goll
God Encounters Ministries

Pedro Gonzalez
Pastor, Embajada del Reino

Phillip Goudeaux
Senior Pastor, Calvary Christian Center

Dr. Jack Graham
Senior Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church
Former President of the Southern Baptist Convention

Rev. Franklin Graham
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse

David Gramajo
Pastor, Palabra en Accion

Rebecca Greenwood
Christian Harvest International

Cynthia Griffith
One Chapel Lake Travis

Jeff & Eileen Hackleman
Pastor, Family Faith Church

John Hagee
Pastor, Cornerstone Church
Founder of Christians United for Israel

Mark Hall
Christian Music Artist

Jon and Jolene Hamill
Lamplighter Ministries

Jon Harris
Founder and President, Conversations That Matter

Scott Harris
Pastor Grace Bible Church Wappingers Falls, New York

Mark Hattabaugh
The Pentecostals

Mike Hayes
President, Churches In Covenant Intl.

Skip Heitzig
Calvary Albuquerque

Clarence Henderson
President, Frederick Douglass Foundation, North Carolina

Rev. Vicki Herald
Heralders for Messiah to the Nations

Abraham Hernandez
Executive Director, NHCLC CT

William Hernandez
General Bishop, Pentecostal Church of God MI Puerto Rico

Bob and Marsha Hertig
Members, Christian Motorcyclists Association

Tim Hill
Overseer, Church of God

Os Hillman
Marketplace Leaders

Ralph & Joanne Hoehne
Senior Pastor, The Source Church

Dale and Jackie Hogan
ReThink Life Church

Babette Holder
President, Frederick Douglass Foundation, Illinois

Alice Holland
Aglow International

Adonica & Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne
River at Tampa Bay Church

Gary Howell
Pastor, Glad Tidings Church, Ocoee, Florida

Jennifer Huch
Pastor, New Beginnings

Larry & Tiz Huch
Senior Pastors, New Beginnings Church 
President of Larry Huch Ministries

Luke Huch
Pastor, New Beginnings

Gov. Mike Huckabee
Former Governor of Arkansas
Honorary National Chairman, MyFaithVotes

Keith Hudson
Keith Hudson Ministries, Arise Conference

Linda Hudson
Executive Director and Pastor, Women of the Vine Ministries, Inc.

Mary Hudson
Keith Hudson Ministries, Arise Conference

Johnny Hunt
Former President of the Southern Baptist Convention

Eleanore R. Hurst
Reverend, Institute for Strategic Christian Leadership

Summer Ingram
National Director of Prayer and Mobilization, Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, Inc.

Bishop Harry Jackson
Hope Christian Church

Mike & Cindy Jacobs
Founder, Reformation Prayer Network and Generals International

Thomas Jamieson
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church

Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, C.E.D.S.
Founder, The Center • A Place of HOPE

Dr. Abe Jaquez
President, Baptist University of the Americas

Robert Jeffress
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Dallas

Dr. David Jeremiah
Turning Point Ministries

Peggy Jeremiah
Emerald Armory House of Prayer

Kevin Jessip
Pastor, Global Strategic Alliance

Kristi Overton Johnson
Founder, Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries
Publisher, Victorious Living Magazine

Dr. Jerry Johnston
VP Houston Baptist University

Elizabeth Johnston
National Director, Day Of Mourning

Jason Justus
Lead Pastor, Madison Church Of God

Silva Kandiah
SCORE Orlando

Donna Kelly
Becoming Sons Ministries

T. Scott Kennedy
COO, CCIG

Alan Keyes
President, Loyal to Liberty

Cathy Kiang
President, The Sovereign Alliance

Alveda King
Civil Rights for the Unborn

Laura King
Chaplain, Body of Grace

Brad Knight
Senior Pastor, City of Destiny and StoryLife

Rachel Knight
Pastor, City of Destiny and StoryLife

Jim Kohlmann
Intercessors for America

John and Nancy Kruger
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

David Kubal
CEO, Intercessors For America

Donna Lagarde

Dr. Charles Lakin
Band of Brothers

Marcus & Joni Lamb
Daystar Television Network

Todd Lamphere
Global Outreach Pastor, Paula White Ministries

Dr. Richard Land
President, Southern Evangelical Seminary

Greg Laurie
Senior Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship

Dr. Steven J. Lawson
President, One Passion Ministries

Joyce Lazar

Steven Lazar

Rev. Andrew Le
SoCal Vietnamese Fellowship

Thuong Le
Pastor, Vietnamese Converge Mission, Inc.

Chris Leader
President, Ignite Outreach

Laurel O. Lease
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call, Board Member, N’Vay Tikvah Synagogue

Linda Olivia Lloyd Lemkin
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call, Family of the LAMB Network, I AM & LITTLE LAMBS, Inc.

Rev. Phillip Lemkin
Facilitator, 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call, Temple Emanuel~ Australia

Daniel Lim
CEO, International House of Prayer

Rev. Pat Lloyd
Petersburg Church of the Nazarene

Greg Locke
Lead Pastor, Global Vision Bible Church

Leidmar Lopes
Brazilian Evangelical Pastors Association of USA

Rodney Lord
Pastor, Freedom Gate Church

Bishop Jim Lowe
The Guiding Light Church

Sarah Lowe
South Central National Area Leader, National Day of Prayer Task Force

Henry Lozano
Director, USA Freedom Corps

Empeatriz Lugo
Pastor, El Shadaii

Esther Lum
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Cissie Graham Lynch
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Samaritan’s Purse

Apostle Guillermo Maldonado
El Rey Jesus

Brixeida Marquez
Pastor, Free Forever Church Hamden, Connecticut

Fran Martin
Board of Directors, Healing Tree International

David G Marx, MD
Medical Director, Healing Tree International

Gregg Matte
Senior Pastor, Houston’s First Baptist Church

Greg Mauro
Vice President, Cerullo World Evangelism

Stephen McDowell
President, Providence Foundation

Irvinson Medina
Bishop, Iglesia d Dios Nuevo Renacer

Rigo Mendez
Founder and President, USpeak

Sandra Merritt
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Eric Metaxas
Author of Bonhoeffer, If You Can Keep It 
Host of the Eric Metaxas Show

Ivy Miller
Director, In His Wakes

Lloyd Miller
Senior Leader, Eagle Valley Ministries

Natasha Miller
Natasha Ministries, Live As One Light

Nate Miller
Director, In His Wakes

Tim Miller
President, Reformation House of Prayer

Anibal Miwszuk
Pastor, Miwszuk Ministries

Rev. Johnnie Moore
President, The Congress of Christian Leaders

Robert Morris
Senior Pastor, Gateway Church

Linda Morrison
The Prayer and Crisis Referral Network

Tom Mullins
Overseer, Christ Fellowship Church

Jerry Nance
President, Global Teen Challenge

Penny Young Nance
President and CEO, Concerned Women for America

Rev. Dean Nelson
Chairman, Frederick Douglass Foundation

Ernesto & Teresa Neria
Pastors, Tabernaculo de Vida

James Nesbit
President, Prepare the Way Ministries International

Christina Nichols
Emerald Armory House of Prayer

Virginia Norton

William Norton

Rev. Eve Nunez
Founder and President, National Latina Commission

Malachi O’Brien
Former Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention

Michael O’Fallon
Founder and President, Sovereign Nations

Nicholas T. O’Neal
Gray’s Temple C.M.E.

Rev. Jim Oliver
Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church

Tenney and Pam Olsen
Florida Prayer Network

Ray Orsak
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Lisa Osteen
Associate Pastor, Lakewood Church

Natasha Owens
Christian Music Artist

Rob Pacienza
Senior Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian

Allan E. Parker, Jr.
The Justice Foundation

Rod Parsley
Senior Pastor, World Harvest Church

Fr. Frank Pavone,
National Director, Priests for Life

Ioan Peia
Pastor, The 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call, Liberty Prayer Network

Benny Perez
Lead Pastor, Church LV, Henderson, Nevada

Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council

Ramiro Pena
Pastor, Christ the King Church

Paul Pickern
Pastor, All Pro Pastors

Charles D. Pierce
President, Global Spheres, Inc., Glory of Zion International Ministries

Chonda Pierce
Christian Artist
Branches Counseling Center

Branden S Polk, MSW
CEO and Founder, Arrowhead Advising

Anthony Ponceti
Founder, All Pro Pastors

Jon Ponder
CEO, Hope for Prisoners

Dr. Jerry Prevo
Pastor Emeritus, Anchorage Baptist Temple

Shannon Prothro
Founder and Owner, Red Bird Ridge

Pastor Rick Pughe
Chairman, This Hope Foundation

Jimmy Queen
CEO, American Association of Christian Counselors

Ann Quest
Unity Quest

Ralph Reed
Faith & Freedom

Agustin Reyes
COO, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Rick and Patti Ridings
Succat Hallel

Abraham and Marilyn Rivera
Asociacion de Ministros Hispanos del Sur de la Florida

Darwin Rivera
Senior Pastor, CCNJ Centro Cristiano Nacion de Jesús

Rev. Ernesto (Ernie) J. Rivera
Founder and Executive Director, Las Americas Evangelistic Association

David Rives
President, David Rives Ministries

Jenna Ellis Rives
Attorney, Trump 2020 Advisory Board

Richard Roberts
Chairman & CEO, Oral Roberts Ministries

Phil & Al Robertson
Unashamed Podcast on BlazeTV

Michelle Borquez Robinson
BOSS Media Group
President, Author, Media Personality

James Robison
Founder and President, LIFE Outreach International
Founder, Stream.org

Rev. Carmelo Rodriguez
Pastor, New Britain Latino Coalition

Rev. David Rodriguez
Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church Branford, Connecticut

Rolando & Angie Rodriguez
Pastors, Erez Church

Pastor Sam Rodriguez
Lead Pastor, New Season
President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Troy Rolling
President, Frederick Douglass Foundation

Jose E. Rosa
Iglesia Cristiana Casa del Perdon, Inc.

Jason Roy
Christian Artist, Building 429

Rev. Girien Salazar
Executive Director, Faith and Education Coalition

Debbie Sams
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Yvette Santana
Chief Ministry Officer, NHCLC Women’s Initiative

Judd Saul
President, Cedar Valley Patriots For Christ

Rick Scarborough
Executive Director, Well Versed World

Tom Schlueter
Texas Apostolic Prayer

Darrell Scott
Pastor, New Spirit Revival Center

Kyle Searcy
Lead Pastor, Fresh Anointing House of Worship

Doug Shackelford
City of Destiny

Kelly Shackelford
President & CEO, First Liberty Institute

Joyce Shaver
Trinity East Coordinators of TXAPN

Dutch Sheets
Dutch Sheets Ministries

Dr. Frank Shelton, Jr.
State Coordinator, Capitol Ministries

April Osteen Simons
International Speaker

Patrick Six
Pastor, Scotsdale Baptist Church

Chuck Smith
President, Frederick Douglass Foundation of Virginia

Michael W. Smith
Christian Music Artist

Thomas Smith
President, Frederick Douglass Foundation, Missouri

Ronnie & Krystal Stewart
Lead Pastors, L3 Church of Maryland

Wayne and Pam Stolz
Stolzen Engineering

Perry Stone
Voice of Evangelism, Omega Center International, International School of Word

Diane Strack
She Loves Out Loud Prayer Movement

Jay Strack
President, Student Leadership University

Steve Strang
Founder and CEO, Charisma Magazine

Rev. Brian Summers
President, Frederick Douglass Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Evelin and Roxys Suriano
Pastors, Ministerios Ebenezer

Grace Swift
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Michael Tait
Christian Music Artist

Norm Taylor
Story Life Church

Laura Terrell
Trinity East Coordinators of TXAPN

Mayor Tri Ta
City of Westminster

Jessica Ann Tyson
President, Frederick Douglass Foundation

Wanda Ulrey
Pastor, Texas Apostolic Prayer Network

Pasqual Urrabazzo
Senior Pastor, International Church of Las Vegas

Peter Vasquez
President, Frederick Douglass Foundation, New York

Carol Vatuone

Keat & Judy Wade
Director, Well Versed Prayer

Lance Wallnau
Founder, As One America

Dr. Kim Warfield-Walker
National Chaplain, Frederick Douglass Foundation

JJ Weeks
Christian Music Artist

Mark Weimer
Christian Business Leader, Pray America

Paula White-Cain
Senior Pastor, City of Destiny
President, Paula White Ministries

Al Whittinghill
Ambassadors for Christ International

Amy Wienands
Amy Wienands Real Estate

Tim Wildmon
American Family Association

Rich Wilkerson
Pastor, Trinity Church

Dr. Don Wilton
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Spartanburg

Marvin Winans, Jr.
Worship Leader, Oasis Church, Los Angeles

C.A. Winkler
24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call

Thomas J. Winters
Winters & King Associates

Dan Withum
President, Withum & Co. Media Ministries

Sheila Withum
Withum & Co. Media Ministries

George Wood
Chairman, Assemblies of God Fellowship

Frank Wright
CEO, D. James Kennedy Ministries

Jason Yates
CEO, MyFaithVotes

Sealy Yates
Yates & Yates

Sharon Bolan Yerby
Evangelist, Sharon Bolan Yerby Ministries

Dianne Young
Emerald Armory House of Prayer

Alan & Julie Youngblood
Pastors, Faith Outreach Church

Dr. Paul F.M. Zahl
Dean Emeritus, Trinity School for Ministry

Jorge Zapata
Associate Pastor, New Wine Church

Mom With Cancer Refused Abortion to Save Her Unborn Baby Girl’s Life, 10 Years Later They’re Doing Great

Almost 11 years ago, Sarah Wickline Hull received some of the worst possible news that a pregnant mother could hear: She had aggressive cancer, and both she and her unborn baby could die.

Wickline Hull said her doctors encouraged her to have an abortion, but she refused.

Today, she is cancer free and her daughter is a happy, healthy 10-year-old.

In a Facebook post in January, Wickline Hull shared her story as the debate about legalized late-term abortions erupted again in the United States.

“People are talking about the medical necessity of abortion to save the mother’s life. I was one of those mothers,” she wrote.

She struggled with infertility for years before becoming pregnant with her daughter. Then, at 20 weeks, Wickline Hull was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that was cutting off her airway.

“I will never forget when the first doctor, an oncologist, mentioned abortion,” she said.

Immediately, she rejected the idea of aborting her unborn daughter, saying, “I knew I would rather die and give birth.”

SUPPORT LIFENEWS! If you like this pro-life article, please help LifeNews.com with a donation!

A second doctor also urged her to consider abortion after listing a number of problems that her baby may have.

“I stood my ground and refused,” she remembered. “He said, ‘That is ok. The baby will probably spontaneously abort anyway.’”

Eventually, Wickline Hull said she found doctors who supported her decision to choose life for her baby. At 34 weeks of pregnancy, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

“I will be celebrating 10 years cancer free in May,” she said. “I have a healthy, beautiful, bright, precious 10 year old daughter who is a living reminder that doctors do not know everything.”

Wickline Hull’s courageous story is one of many. LifeNews has reported numerous stories about mothers who chose life for their unborn babies after being diagnosed with cancer. Most of the mothers survived the cancer, while a few sacrificed their lives for their babies.

New research provides growing hope for mothers in these difficult situations. In 2012, a collection of stories from The Lancet found pregnant women do not need to have an abortion to get treatment for cancer. Similarly, a 2015 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found chemotherapy may not impair unborn babies’ general development.

Cervical cancer charity warns the Jade Goody effect has long gone as screening rates hit 20-year low

Smear test rates have plummeted in the past 20 years and there is concern that the ‘Jade Goody effect’ has disappeared and lives could be lost, a cervical cancer charity has warned.

NHS Digital released statistics showing women going for cervical screenings in England is at its lowest point in two decades.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust warns that more mothers, daughters, sisters and friends will be lost to cervical cancer if this does not change, adding that the ‘Jade Goody effect has long gone’.

Cervical screening coverage has fallen from 72.7 per cent to 72 per cent in the last year across the UK – with more than 1.2 million women not taking up their invitation for smear tests.

It was back in 2008 when Big Brother star Jade Goody announced her cervical cancer diagnosis at the age of 27 and died just a year later in March 2009. She had never gone for her smear test appointments.

After Jade Goody died there was a jump in the number of smear tests carried out but that has sharply declined (Image: Daily Mirror)

Her bravery and openness in her fight against cervical cancer brought home to young women across the country the importance of regularly going for the checks.

Over 10 years later British women are still citing Jade’s tragic story as saving their life.

Hayley Prince, a focused care practitioner in the NHS, recently opened up about the effect Jade’s death from cervical cancer had on her.

Speaking to the Metro in a first person piece in March 2019, she said: “When I was younger, I always went for my smear tests when I was invited. It’s one of those things you can easily put off but it wasn’t the test itself that was the issue for me.

“I was a single, working mum of three at the time and I often could not get an evening appointment so, as life got busier, making the appointment to go for a smear test ended up being something I completely forgot about.

“I had been having some pain in my lower back but thought it was nothing to worry about.”

“However, when she passed away, it really made me sit up and take notice that I had been putting off going to my appointment. It made me go and book that appointment there and then, along with about 400,000 other women who were inspired to do the same.

“If not for Jade, I would not have been reminded to book in. I don’t know how long I would have left it. I certainly was not expecting this smear test to save my life.”

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust warned that “the Jade Goody effect had long gone” and said more mothers, daughters, sisters and friends will be lost to cervical cancer if this does not change (Image: Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust)

Following her smear, doctors found Jo had stage 2 cervical cancer at just 32.

Jo said: “The cancer had also spread to my lymph nodes in my groin, so I also had chemotherapy and radiotherapy which were incredibly difficult. I got the all clear in 2015 after five years of check-ups. I have been left with lymphedema in my lower body as well as bowel problems that may never go away.

“Yes, I am grateful to be alive, but it affects me every single day and I am constantly reminded of what I have had to deal with.

“After what I have been through, I can’t say how thankful I am that Jade’s story was so well-publicised.”

Despite the publicity Jade’s death brought, screening rates are still the lowest they have been for 20 years, having fallen across every age and almost all local authorities in England.

In Cambridgeshire, cervical screening coverage has decreased to 71.6 per cent from 72.2 per cent. Among those aged 25 to 49, this falls to 68.6 per cent.

Keeley Skipp from Haverhill who works at Stepping Stones Preschool has recently won an award for overcoming adversity at the ONE Haverhill awards, Keeley is pictured with Harvey and Harper both 4
Keeley Skipp from Haverhill battled cervical cancer aged just 24 and has previously spoken about the importance of going to cervical cancer screenings (Image: Keith Jones)

Women have the right to choose not to attend, however the cervical screening programme is estimated to save more than 4,000 lives each year.

Women aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every three years on the NHS and women aged 50 to 64 are offered screening every five years.

This includes women who have had the HPV vaccination, as the vaccine doesn’t guarantee complete protection against cervical cancer.

For the majority of women, the test results show that everything is fine, but for around one in 20 women, it shows changes in cells which if undetected and untreated, can lead to cancer.

These changes are fully treatable and regular screening therefore protects women again cervical cancer.

‘The Jade Goody effect has long gone’

Memories of Big Brother star Jade Goody’s high-profile battle with cervical cancer may also be fading, according to one leading charity (Image: James Vellacott)

Robert Music, chief executive at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said: “I am extremely disappointed to see these statistics, however sadly I am not surprised. The Jade Goody effect has long gone.

“We have spoken out time and time again about the need for investment and action to improve cervical screening attendance, however this is simply not happening.

“The Cancer Strategy for England emphasises prevention so it is incredibly frustrating to see lack of activity to increase participation in a programme that can prevent diagnoses of cervical cancer.”

The charity states that a lack of funding is hindering the progress of changes which will increase accessibility for women – including the ability to attend screening at GPs other than the one they are registered with, such as close to work, at more sexual health services and to be able to self-sample.

In a report released in January 2017 , Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust found almost half (44 per cent) of local authorities and almost two thirds (60 per cent) of CCGs had not undertaken any activities to increase screening attendance in the last two years – with many stating it is not their responsibility.

The cervical screening programme is estimated to save more than 4,000 lives each year

Robert added: “We should be proud of our cervical screening programme; it saves thousands of lives every year and further developments, such as the introduction of HPV primary screening, are only going to make it better.

“However with increasing numbers not attending their screenings fewer will benefit from these improvements. As a charity we are working our hardest, but we can’t do it alone.

“There are some examples of amazing work happening across the country to improve uptake and we need to see this amplified, locally and nationally or lives will be lost.

“We are leading busier, more mobile lives and therefore these statistics must surely serve as a call to action to make the screening programme more accessible.

“Again, this is something we have been saying for years.”

Research reveals: What happens to your body if you eat two eggs a day

Regardless of your opinion on eggs, let’s face it, you probably have a pack in your fridge.

For me, eating eggs each morning is a good way to start the day. Not only because they taste rather good, but also because I’ve that they come with a number of benefits besides. Yet even I – egg advocate that I most definitely am – didn’t fully appreciate how useful they can be.

What do eggs contain

Plenty, as it happens. Eggs contain vitamins A, D and E, as well as B12, riboflavin and folate. On top of that, you’ll find minerals such as iodine, iron, calcium, zinc and selenium. I know, right, lots!

Eggs and cholesterol

You might have heard that eggs are bad for you because they contain cholesterol?

Wrong. There’s certainly cholesterol in eggs, but it’s not the horribly bad for you, get into the blood type cholesterol. You shouldn’t be worrying about cholesterol in eggs, or so says dietary expert Jennie Nyenvik of Swedish site Aftonbladet.

Egg

1. Lose weight with eggs

Studies show that a protein rich breakfast can actually help you with weight loss.

According to research, a low-calorie diet, combined with a regular dose of eggs for breakfast, can help you lose weight twice as fast.

Also, keep in mind that eggs can help make you feel full for longer, meaning that they’re useful towards lowering your calorie intake overall.

2. Eggs strengthen your immune system

Given that most people are just emerging from the winter months – you may have been sneezing and coughing for the past few weeks – right about now is the perfect time to say that eggs can bolster your immune system.

Studies have shown that just two eggs a day can help protect from infections, viruses and general illness.
. Better memory

Have you ever heard of the amino acid choline? It affects the nerve signals that help us to remember the little things day to day – take, for example, where you left your keys or wallet.

According to research, additional supplements of choline can improve memory and responsiveness.

4. A wonder for your eyes

Lutein helps your eyes to maintain clear and sharp vision. New research has shown that chicken eggs are rich in lutein, and so beneficial for your peepers.

Luten is produced naturally by your eyes, and protects the retina from being damaged.

Egg

5. Counteracting depression

Vitamin D can be difficult to obtain in winter, what with the sun doing its best to hide. However, eggs can actually help you get it. Vitamin D is, of course, enormously helpful towards the PH balance of our teeth and the strength of our bones in general.

Vitamin D can also be of assistance in counteracting depression!

6. Strengthening the skeleton

When you eat eggs you get calcium, which is important for strengthening your skeleton and preventing osteoporosis.

7. Good for the blood

Eggs contain plenty of folate, which is a type of vitamin B necessary for the formation of new red blood cells.

People lacking in folate can be at risk of anaemia. Folate is also important when it comes to foetuses developing properly in the womb. Good to know for those soon-to-be mothers out there.

As previously stated, eggs contain amino acids that help to build and regenerate cells. This can aid anti-ageing when it comes to your appearance.

As we get older, our need for vitamin D is doubled. The recommendation for people over the age of 60 is 10 micrograms. One egg can yield approximately 0.7 micrograms.

9. Reduced heart risk

Researchers from Canada have discovered a clear connection between egg-dense foods and a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers, writes Feel Good.

The secret to this? Eggs have two important antioxidants in them: tryptophan and tyrosine.

People with bad LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels are at greater risk of heart problems. Apparently, eggs can actually boost LDL numbers and therefore lower the risk of heart-related issues.

10. Building muscle

Many people looking to add muscle mass choose to consume plenty of eggs – they do it for a reason.

Eggs are packed full of protein, which is, of course, crucial for those looking to bulk up their frame.

11. Protects the skin, hair and nails

Amongst their abundance of other properties, eggs also contain plenty of B vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. These help you to keep healthy skin, hair and nails.

Egg

I’m sure you already knew eggs were good for you, but perhaps now you’ll look at eggs in a new light.

Please hit the share button below, so that more people can learn about the health benefits eating eggs bring. With Easter just around the corner, what better time to start your new egg routine?