Jack was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in July 2015.
He underwent 11 cycles of Chemo (IVADO) and 26 sessions of radiotherapy. This initial treatment saw tumours disappear.
However, Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (also known as ARMS) is very aggressive. Sadly, the cancer returned very quickly, and Jack lost his brave fight in July 2016, aged 19.
Here are his own words….
‘My name is Jack, I’m 19 years old. I became ill last year whilst taking my A Levels. After initial problems with diagnosis, I was confirmed as having a type of soft tissue sarcoma (rhabdomyosarcoma). Initial treatments were gruelling but positive. However, soon after treatments ended, the sarcomas came back, hard. The doctors now tell me that they can’t cure me.
Sarcomas are relatively rare but are often the main cancers to affect teenagers like me. Many of my friends who are fellow patients also have this same illness. I am determined to help research into sarcomas and am already taking part in one research project, but we need more funding. Research will help us better understand the causes and identify improved treatments, saving young lives in the future.
I’m a private person and it’s been a big decision for me to share this publicly, but it’s the right thing to do. So please, please help.
Please make a donation, share my appeal with as many people as you can, especially any businesses who can help.
With your generosity, I might be able to make a difference. Help me to help others.
A much loved and loving young man, a bright devoted and caring son and a loyal friend with so much to live for and so many dreams. Only weeks away from starting at university when the disease took that away from him. Jack felt passionately that research into RMS was essential in order to save other young people in his situation.
His website has raised over £87K to date (October 2017).
Our thoughts are with his family and we are grateful to them for allowing us to share Jack’s story to help us raise awareness.
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