These days, it’s far too easy to say that you or someone you know has been affected by cancer, but when it happens to a child, it’s a whole new level of unfair.
Such is the case for Jacob, a 12-year-old boy who’s world turned upside down when he received the news that he had AML (Acute Myeloid Leukaemia); an aggressive type of blood cancer that requires intensive chemotherapy, along with the possibility of a bone marrow transplant.
Like many kids, Jacob was a normal, healthy, fun-loving child, who never thought this would happen to him.
His doting parents have been by his side since the diagnosis in November last year, but they finally have word that Jacob will indeed be getting a bone marrow transplant.
On the 4th of May, as per the advice of doctors at Westmead Children’s Hospital and specialists from Seattle in the USA – who say this is his “best hope” – Jacob will receive stem cells from his father in the hope that new bone marrow will grow.
Hopefully this will help to allow his immune system to attack any leukaemia cells in his body and make him cancer-free. While the surgery could mean potential improvement in Jacob’s condition, the ongoing medical costs, along with the fact that his parents need to be with him while he is hospitalised indefinitely, means that they are suffering financially.
If you’d like to donate to Jacob’s GoFundMe account, you can find the details here…
Our thoughts are with Jacob and his family during this difficult time. x