ITV team member Hannah Hawkins has passed away aged 33, after discovering her cancer had returned just two days before she gave birth to her son.
The Lorraine producer has documented her battle with cancer, revealing she was first diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer during the Covid lockdowns.
Triple-negative breast cancer is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that does not have any of the receptors that are commonly found.
The mother-of-one was diagnosed after finding a lump in her breast and noticing discharge.
She then underwent one round of IVF, 23 rounds of chemo, one lumpectomy and nine radiation sessions before being declared cancer-free.
Heartbreaking: ITV team member Hannah Hawkins has passed away aged 33, after discovering her cancer had returned just two days before she gave birth to her son
Heartfelt tribute: Hannah’s husband Tom paid tribute to his ‘remarkable warrior’ on Instagram on Sunday
After receiving the all-clear, Hannah underwent a charity trek across the Sahara to raise funds for CoppaFeel! and continued to raise awareness of breast cancer on her social media pages.
In August this year, Hannah and Tom welcomed their son Rory but two days before giving birth she received the devastating news that her cancer had returned.
Hannah’s husband Tom paid tribute to his ‘remarkable warrior’ on Instagram on Sunday.
He shared a photo of her cradling their son Rory, and wrote: ‘Hannah Hawkins 11.12.89 – 3.11.23
‘For someone who’s love language was gift giving, leaving us they day before my birthday was really not the one. I wish you’d kept the receipt.
‘There is no way I can pay tribute or sum you up in one post. In fact I could write an essay on how unfair this is. That you miss out on seeing Rory growing up, that he won’t be able to feel the love of his mum, and that this terrible illness took hold so quickly.
‘But that’s not how you saw it. The remarkable person that you were, the phrase you used so many times over the last few weeks – and it set me off every time; “I’m so at peace with the life I’ve lived” is something we can all admire. The fact that right until the end you were putting others feelings first and making us all laugh was just you to a tee.
‘Your life can be defined simply by love, friendship and strength and I’ll make sure these are cornerstones of Rory’s life. I want him to know how much everyone loved his mum, and how much love you gave. How you would say to me in any of my dark moments, “remember you are so loved”.
So sad: Hannah has documented her battle with cancer, revealing she was first diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer during the Covid lockdowns
Tom penned: ‘There is no way I can pay tribute or sum you up in one post. In fact I could write an essay on how unfair this is. That you miss out on seeing Rory growing up, that he won’t be able to feel the love of his mum, and that this terrible illness took hold so quickly
‘I want him to know that you were someone who could walk into a room of strangers and come out having made friends for life, and that our social calendar was always so full we physically couldn’t fit in everyone we wanted to see.
‘I also want him to know the bravery you showed everyday, facing into anything life threw at you with strength of a warrior, a smile on your face and laughter in your eyes.
‘This is the legacy you leave for our little boy, this and so much more. Thank you for 13 amazing years. even brighter than the moon. ❤️ forever’.
Lorraine Kelly announced the heartbreaking news that Hannah had passed away during Monday’s episode of Lorraine, saying: ‘We have some very sad news to share with you all.
‘Our producer Hannah Hawkins died just before the weekend after discovering that her cancer had returned only a few months ago, just shortly after she gave birth to her beautiful boy Rory.
‘She was amazing and raising awareness for breast cancer, including taking part in the coppafeel trek across the Sahara last year.’
Doctor Hilary Jones added: ‘Just 33 with a young son. It’s a tragedy which we are all coming to terms with.’
Lorraine continued: ‘It’s horrific for her husband and her wee baby. He will have the photos of his mum and will be told by everyone just what she was like. She was a lovely lovely woman and a much loved part of the team.’
In an Instagram post last month, Hannah shared a selfie inside the hospital as she told her followers: ‘Well. This is certainly not where I planned spending maternity leave, where’s the coffee shops & rhyme time?
Devastating: Lorraine Kelly began her show on Monday with the sad news that ITV team member Hannah has passed away
‘2 days before our sleep thief Rory was born we were told the worse news you’ll ever hear. It’s back & it’s back with a vengeance. It wants the last laugh.
‘We were throw into talk of induction, to meet our baby 3 weeks earlier than planned so I could crack on with scans & plans. We sat in the hospital knowing we were about to meet our baby & life was going to change in more ways than we could have ever predicted.
’30hrs after meeting Rory I was was wheeled to the CT scanner, motherhood and cancer patient life had begun hand in hand. (Getting on a CT bed after a c section was no joke).
‘There are no words tbh. We are trundling through newborn life (why does no one tell you how hard it is?! I owe apologies to all my friends with children, I thought I supported you, it was not enough) with a dollop of hospital appointments, scans and a&e trips thrown in for fun.
‘New mum guilt is through the roof being away from Rory so much, but I know it’s for him.
‘Today is my 3rd bag of poison (chemo) & I’ve had a dash of immunotherapy (a small win in all this that I qualified for it) so far. I feel… Well I have no choice but to feel optimistic.
‘We are doing what we need to do to stop these tumours in their tracks, we’re taking the little control we have, that’s all we can do. That & pray to all gods that it’s working.
‘It’s hard to know what’s newborn exhaustion or chemo but I’m doing ok.’
New job: Hannah started working at Lorraine in September 2022 having previously worked at Capital Radio
Hannah continued: ‘So if you’ve messaged congratulating us about Rory saying “how are are you?” And you’ve been ignored; this is why. It’s an impossible question. I repeat, there are no words. (Despite me managing this essay!) I’m useless on my phone these days, but please know your well wishes were/are appreciated ❤️
‘It’s corny as hell. But take life seriously – & I don’t mean be serious, be silly, search out the joy, do that adventure, make that brave decision – you’re only here once & none of us know how long for.
‘I’ll try & keep updating; writing really bloody helped last time so hopefully it does this time, even though the words are harder to find. Lots of love xxxx.’
Hannah’s former co-worker and Capital Radio presenter has set up a legacy fund for her that will benefit her son Rory.
To donate, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HannahHawkins