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AFL Player Jarrod Berry opens up on beautiful bond with late mother Jedda

BCNA News 25 Jun 2018

BCNA Ambassador and Brisbane Football Club superstar, Jarrod Berry, will shave his head on 6 October to raise funds for BCNA – five years after his mother Jedda died from breast cancer.

Last week on Fox Footy’s On The Mark, Jarrod spoke of the powerful influence of his late mother, saying that from even from her hospital bed she used to send him reminders about his training.

‘When she was in the hospital and pretty sick, she still used to text me.

‘So every morning I’d wake up to a text message from Mum saying, “Go do some work”,’ said Jarrod.

In 2013, Berry’s family was hit hard when Jedda died, leaving a husband and three sons behind.

Jedda played a crucial role during Jarrod’s junior career, including being his number one supporter, taxi driver, and chief football reporter — she used to write match reports and take down his stats during games.

‘I learned plenty of lessons off her in terms of resilience and not giving up in any battles,’ said Jarrod.

‘It’s probably been the biggest factor [in my footy career].’

Jarrod’s father, Troy, said he saw a lot of Jedda in his eldest son.

BCNA is excited about partnering with Jarrod, who is also promoting the Pink Sports Day campaign, which encourages sporting clubs to ‘pink up’ and hold an event in support of Australians affected by breast cancer.

Jarrod will honour and remember his mum as he joins thousands of others on 12 August at the MCG for the Field of Women.

If you would like to attend our 2018 Field of Women event click here for tickets