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£9,175raised of £15,000 target by 395 supporters

    Weʼve raised £9,175 to help our friend Jay Clark (BeMoreJay)

    Location
    Polegate, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Sunday, 19th February 2017

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    We want to help our friend Jay Clark who has pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed in Oct 2015 when he was expecting his first child with his partner Caroline. We were overjoyed for Jay and Caroline that he was here to see his beautiful son Maxie born on Jan 9th 2016.

    More devastating news came in Feb 2016. Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate and is considered incurable. It had spread to Jay's liver and his doctors could only offer him palliative (end of life) care. Jay was 41. It was heart breaking when Jay broke the news to his close friends. He was so strong and offered comfort to everybody. He only asked for help to look after his son when he was gone.

    A month later his doctors decided the cancer hadn’t spread to his liver. His life expectancy was now looking so much better. The diagnosis was still terminal but we could dare to dream that he might see his son’s first Xmas.

    Jay’s rollercoaster experience continued when his mother died of cancer soon after. How much can anyone be expected to deal with?

    Jay and Caroline have been inspirational in the way they have dealt with everything and have written about their experience in the BeMoreJay blog: https://www.facebook.com/Bemorejay/ It’s actually written from Maxie’s perspective. (Mummy may be helping!) Maxie occasionally let’s Daddy post too.

    After a lot of painful treatment Jay found out on Oct 14th that the cancer has spread to his liver. It is beyond doubt now. He is currently on a course of palliative chemotherapy and researching alternative treatments that may produce a miracle. He wants to be here for Maxie’s first Xmas and make it amazing. It’s heartbreaking to write that it may be the only Xmas Jay gets to spend with Maxie.

    We want to raise as much money as possible to help this lovely family. It could be for healthcare expenses, a bucket list, something towards a trust fund for Maxie. It’s for them to do with exactly as they please to make their journey more bearable.

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    • Andrew Austen

      Andrew Austen

      4 months ago

      Andrew Austen

      Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Bemorejay fund. Jay is overwhelmed by the support. It really lifts his spirits and helps him to stay strong. Caroline has made the difficult decision to stop work so she can spend more time with Jay and Maxie. It's a big ask to look after a cancer patient, a 10 month old baby and run a mobile dog grooming business. The fund is over £4000 and your money has helped her be able to make that decision. Could everyone please share this page again so we can reach some more people. Thanks AndyA xx

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    395

    • Dee Condon

      Dee Condon

      Feb 16, 2017

      JAY - KEEP FIGHTING MATE

      £20.00

    • Louise makin

      Louise makin

      Feb 15, 2017

      Inspired. Compelled. Best of bloody luck xxx

      £20.00

    • Christine Swanson

      Christine Swanson

      Feb 15, 2017

      £10.00

    About the fundraiser
    Andrew Austen

    Andrew Austen

    Polegate, United Kingdom

    I'm Andy, a family friend and Jay's ex housemate. I set up this page to help this amazing family. They are passionate about raising awareness of Pancreatic cancer with the hope of helping others and want to make people smile through baby Maxie's blog about his superhero dad.

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