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Weʼre raising £10,000 to cover costs related to our son Jacob’s ongoing cancer treatment.💚

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Thank you for visiting our #jacobsjoin💚 crowdfunding page.

We're inviting people to join with our son Jacob, who was diagnosed with cancer (embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma) in March, to raise funds to help cover costs associated with his ongoing treatment.

Jacob was initially approved for two months of NHS funded Proton Beam therapy in Jacksonville, Florida – but this was cancelled due to the unexpected growth of his tumour. Jacob had already completed four cycles of chemotherapy but this part of his treatment had to be revised to include a different combination of drugs, with increased likelihood of painful side effects. Unfortunately, a scan after chemotherapy round 5 (and subsequent discussions with our team of consultants) formally ruled out Proton Beam therapy as an option for him going forward – and so traditional radiotherapy treatment has now been started instead (and his chemotherapy drugs changed again for chemotherapy round 7 and onwards).

The treatment is every weekday morning for 6 weeks, at The Christie Hospital, Manchester, under general anaesthetic (and fasted) each time. Every 3rd weekend (Thu to Mon) Jacob will also have his chemotherapy at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. In order to minimise the impact on him (and ourselves), we have secured hotel accommodation near to The Christie for pretty much the full six weeks – removing the need for very early starts each day and long car journeys whilst he’s potentially in discomfort. As such, we intend to use our crowdfunding pot to cover the accommodation costs and some other incidentals associated with living away from home, with all other costs being borne by ourselves. Should Jacob require no further treatment post radiotherapy, we would then donate any residual funds to other charities / worthy causes.

If you wish to help us fundraise on this basis going forward, in any way, please get in touch. We still intend to hold an End of Summer Ball on September 28th at Preston North End FC, so if you are interested please save the date!

Thank you for joining with Jacob! 💚

PLEASE NOTE: If anyone that has contributed to the fund to date is unhappy with the current plan, please contact us privately to discuss the return of your donation.

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  • Mark & Ness Willett23 days ago
    Mark & Ness Willett

    Mark & Ness Willett

    23 days ago

    As I write, Jacob is fast asleep after day 3 of 31 planned doses of radiotherapy (c.6 weeks Mon-Fri). He’s coping well with daily general anaesthetic and treatment but has developed a urinary infection unfortunately, due to issues siting a catheter (required in case swelling occurs in his abdomen due to radiotherapy). Mum and I are very grateful for your continued support as it allows one/both of us to stay with him at a nearby hotel, reducing daily travel time. We’d hoped to hire an apartment but sadly we couldn’t find anything suitable. 💚

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  • Mark & Ness Willett1 month ago
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    Mark & Ness Willett

    1 month ago

    Unfortunately, Jacob’s tumour grew slightly during rounds 1-4 of chemo - and didn’t reduce through round 5 either (despite harsher drugs). Its basically too big for Proton Beam therapy and in too tricky a location for surgery, so we are planning for 6 weeks of radiotherapy from the end of July. During that time we intend to rent an apartment near to The Christie – and with our supporters’ consent will use our crowdfunding pot to cover this cost (with residual funds potentially being donated to other charities / worthy causes). Thank you. 💚 xx

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  • Mark & Ness Willett1 month ago
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    Mark & Ness Willett

    1 month ago

    A fabulous effort from team #jacobsjoin💚 at Morrisons on Riversway, Preston on Sunday 1st July has taken our total past £3,000! Just under £550 was raised in 2 hours of bag packing / collecting at the tills. Thanks to all who took part - and to the very generous shoppers too!

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Page last updated on: 8/17/2018 8:15 PM



  • Mark Mayman

    Mark Mayman

    Aug 17, 2018

    Good luck in your campaign and hope you raise all the funds needed and much more. All our love Mark & Jean #bradfordcity #footballfamily


  • M Fox

    M Fox

    Aug 16, 2018

    My thoughts are with you all at this, God bless you all


  • Daniel Thornton

    Daniel Thornton

    Aug 16, 2018

    Keeping Fighting Little Man #BradfordCity #FootballFamily


  • Anonymous


    Aug 16, 2018

    721 white beans


  • Bern & Richard

    Bern & Richard

    Aug 16, 2018

    Sending so much love and positivity, thinking of you all. Xxx


  • Tamsyn Cornall-Howe

    Tamsyn Cornall-Howe

    Aug 16, 2018

    889 coffee beans 🙂


  • Michael Casterton

    Michael Casterton

    Aug 15, 2018



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Mark & Ness Willett

Mark & Ness Willett

Preston, UK

Proud parents of a beautiful and brave little boy.

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