A woman described as a Motor Neurone Disease Warrior, has been awarded Lifeline’s Steel Magnolia for 2016.

Jodie Bell from Jewels was diagnosed with MND in 2014 at just 32, and has been given between two-and-half and five years to live.

Jodie beat six others to be announced the winner by Lifeline CEO Gillian Summers who described her as an unsung community hero who’d given back to the community, despite adversity.

Other finalists included:

Diane Ball (Raymond Terrace)
Carolyn Bear (Valentine)
Carmel Kaczmar (East Maitland)
Mary Maughan (Newcastle)
Cory Newman (Charlestown)
Teigan Power (Lambton)

The awards raised more than $25,000 for Lifeline’s crisis and suicide support services.