Jo Goldstein
Jo Goldstein Sarah Harvey

Brave Jo loses her struggle for life

BRAVE Ipswich mum Jo Goldstein lost her battle with cancer on Sunday after touching the hearts of thousands.

Husband Dean posted a heartfelt message on Facebook, saying: "How do you say goodbye to your soul? There is no justice in such a loving peaceful soul suffering that pain. The pain now is gone, but she will forever remain with us. I love you to the moon and back Jo."

The 32-year-old was diagnosed with extrapulmonary small cell carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, two years ago following the birth of her third child.

In January, the Goldsteins were given the heartbreaking news their mum had only eight to 12 weeks to live.

Determined not to give up the fight, Mrs Goldstein found the strength to live each day as it came through her three young boys, Torrin, 7, Luke, 4, and Archie, 18 months.

She died on Sunday at 7.30am surrounded by family at the palliative care unit at Ipswich Hospital.

Mrs Goldstein's only wish was to watch her three young boys play in a pool from the deck of her Leichhardt home. When The QT first met the Goldsteins in January, the family had been saving for a swimming pool, but that cash had been spent on medical costs.

Since then Mrs Goldstein's story has raised more than $48,000 for her boys' futures. The pool she dreamed of and the new bathroom she longed for were kindly donated from businesses all over the country.

It was her husband's worst fear she wouldn't live to see the results of her campaign - This Hair Goes For Jo. But on Saturday Mrs Goldstein was brought home from hospital to see the pool and bathroom. Her dreams had come true.

"She was extremely happy to be home," close friend Josh Lehmann said.

"She was in a world of hurt and the cancer in her colon had come back. She is in a better place now."

Work to finish the family's home will be continued in Mrs Goldstein's honour. "We achieved so much in the short time we had," Mr Lehmann said.

"We couldn't have done it without the support of the mayor, businesses and everyone who were involved."






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