Rachael Bland Bio
Rachael Bland was born on 21 January 1978 and died on 5 September 2018. She was a Welsh journalist and a presenter with BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC North West Tonight. The journalist was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2016 and began blogging about her experience as a patient, later drawing on it to produce the BBC series You, Me and the Big C.
|Born||21 January 1978 Cardiff, Wales|
|Died||5 September 2018 (aged 40) Cheshire, England|
|Cause of death||Breast cancer|
|Occupation||Journalist and presenter|
Steve Bland (m. 2013)
|Child||One son, Freddie|
Rachael Bland Bio
Bland was born in Creigiau, Cardiff. She started her journalism career as a presenter of news bulletins on BBC Wiltshire. She then moved to BBC Radio 5 Live, at first reading the news on Richard Bacon’s show. Bland started to present sports on television, as well as acting as a relief and weekend presenter on the BBC News Channel. When BBC Radio 5 Live moved to MediaCityUK, Salford Quays in 2011, Bland started to present on BBC North West Tonight as both a newsreader and as the main relief presenter.
Rachael Bland Personal life
Bland was married to BBC Radio 5 Live producer Steve Bland in September 2013. The couple had one child, a son, Freddie.
Bland competed as a triathlete, including the 2010 London Triathlon, raising funds for Breast Cancer Care. She completed the London Marathon several times.
Rachael Bland Breast Cancer
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. She subsequently started presenting the podcast You, Me and the Big C to raise awareness of cancer, discussing the disease with celebrities and providing advice on how to manage it. In May 2018, she announced that her cancer had spread and was now incurable. She participated in a clinical trial of a new treatment.
Rachael Bland Death
On 3 September 2018, Bland announced on her Twitter account that her “time had come,” and that she only had days to live. She died two days later, on 5 September 2018, at the age of 40. You, Me and the Big C reached number one on the iTunes Podcast charts during this week.
She lived life to the fullest and tirelessly worked to reduce the stigma around cancer.
Just two days after saying goodbye with the words "I'm afraid the time has come", Rachael Bland has died from cancer.
— WalesOnline (@WalesOnline) September 5, 2018
Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family. We are crushed but she would want me to thank everyone who took an interest in her story or sent messages of support. You’ll never know how much they meant to her. Steve and Freddie xxx pic.twitter.com/soq7YHvF9u
— Rachael Bland (@Rachael_Hodges) September 5, 2018