Tina Thomas organised an evening of live music, a three-course meal, raffle and a charity auction in Gloucester in memory of her son Jamie to raise vital funds for children and young people with cancer.
In memory of Jamie
Tina Thomas wanted to organise the ball in memory or her youngest son Jamie, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in July 1997 when he was just four years old.
Jamie's family was supported by CLIC Sargent and despite all the odds, Jamie survived and spent the next 14 years leading a relatively normal life, while also having regular check-ups.
In late 2011 Jamie started to have breathing problems and Tina and her family were given the heartbreaking news that he had fibrosis of the lungs, caused by the radiotherapy treatment.
He was determined to carry on with life as normal as possible but with no cure for the condition and a lung transplant deemed not viable, his condition slowly deteriorated and sadly Jamie died aged 20 on the 22 July 2013, exactly 16 years to the day that he was diagnosed.
A courageous young man
Jamie's mum Tina Thomas said: “Jamie was a very special and courageous young man, a loving son, brother and friend, with an exceptional zest for life, beautiful spirit and a determination to be the very best he could be.
"CLIC Sargent gave us so much support over the years of Jamie’s illness, like a close friend always there to help and listen and to put a reassuring arm around us during our darkest times.
“CLIC Sargent made our journey bearable and gave us so many special and precious memories, from days out to simply giving us somewhere we could all be a family together while Jamie was on treatment. That meant a great deal to us and allowed us to be 'normal' if only for a short time.
“CLIC Sargent is an incredible charity and one which I will continue to support.”