Jake had been quieter than usual and a bit listless and everybody just put it down to teenage years. When he was violently sick, his Mum questioned him to find out if there was something troubling him. He eventually told her one of his testes had more than trebled in size.
Jake's Aunt Jo said: “Jake was rushed to the Sick Children's Hospital, Aberdeen, having a tumour weighing approximately 1.5kg cut out of his groin, which turned out to be cancerous. The gruelling days of chemotherapy started, making him sick, lose his hair and generally feel miserable. But the support we had from the hospital was fantastic.”
Jake went to America for proton beam therapy and completed the rest of his treatment in the UK. He finished his last bout of chemotherapy on the 28th March 2018 and was told he is in remission.
“All this was made possible by the wonderful NHS and the caring people who work long hours to help people like Jake.”
Throughout Jake’s treatment, CLIC Sargent social worker Pat supported the family. She provided ongoing advice, and emotional and practical support, as well as helping the family receive financial help from CLIC Sargent and access other sources of funding.
Fundraising Engagement Manager Donna Bednarek said: “We’re delighted that CLIC Sargent was able to support Jake and his family and we are so grateful to Bill and Debbie for their fundraising efforts. Thank you so much!”
Bill and Debbie’s fundraising challenge starts on 18 May and you can donate on their Just Giving page.