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Felicity Saunders

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raised of £25,000 target by 384 supporters

Weʼre raising £25,000 to help support Joel the most brave and positive little boy with his fight against cancer

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This is our nephew Joel Shaw, he is an eleven year old who like most other boys his age loves life - football, his Xbox and playing with his friends

In October 2018, after discovering a small lump on his arm, the family received the awful news that Joel had been diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. Ewing's Sarcoma is an aggressive type of bone cancer that only affects children. Fewer than 30 children in the UK develop this disease each year.

Joel underwent weeks of tests, scans and biopsies and started an intensive course of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery spending much of what was a very tough 12 months in hospital. Despite a number of setbacks including many unplanned visits to hospital, blood transfusions and extended treatment, he kept smiling all the way and was just focused on putting the treatment behind him.

Joel started high school this year and on 12 September 2019, in front of his whole family and all the staff who had cared for him, Joel rang the bell in Manchester Children’s Hospital which was to signify the successful end of his treatment, the start of his recovery...he couldn’t wait to go outside, play with his friends, get back to school and see his hair grow back - he even kept a weekly photo diary of his hair!

Just a few weeks later on 6 November 2019 an ambulance had to be called for Joel and soon after his family received the devastating news that the cancer had returned and spread, including two tumours in his spine which have severely restricted his mobility.

Joel and his family have some incredibly tough days ahead. He is so positive, funny, caring and a genuine inspiration to everyone around him - he has been obsessing over garlic mushrooms from his local Italian restaurant (as all the nurses in his ward will testify!) and carries pictures of food around hospital with him. In hospital he has been researching places around the world he wants to visit in the future (mostly food based!) and it is really so important that he has positive experiences to look forward to.

Joel is no stranger to hard times having lost his wonderful mum Julie when he was just five. His Dad, his brother Jake and his sister Jasmine are doing absolutely everything they can for him and it would be amazing to be able to help them as much as possible. Simple things, unpaid days off work to stay in hospital, caring for Joel at home, travelling to Manchester, practical changes to Joel's house for when he is at home all have to be covered.

Joel has had, and is still receiving tremendous care and support from the Children’s Cancer Ward at Manchester Children’s Hospital and from The Christie. In recognition of this, a donation will be made from any funds raised to help to raise awareness; and to bring the fight to this terrible disease. His friends and family will also be organising a number of fundraising events.

Please donate to help to make their lives just a little easier and at the same time help us to support the fight against cancer.

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  • Felicity Saunders8 days ago
    Felicity Saunders

    Felicity Saunders

    8 days ago

    Hi All, I am posting this update to explain why we have decided to increase the fundraising target for Joel. Both Joel’s care and illness have changed a lot during recent weeks. He’s spending much more time in hospital and at the time of writing this his Dad Dave has been there with him almost permanently for 3 weeks. The time at the hospital now and in future means he’s not able to work. ....continued on the next post

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  • Felicity Saunders8 days ago
    Felicity Saunders

    Felicity Saunders

    8 days ago

    When Joel gets home he’s going to need a special bed, a room to be converted into bedroom downstairs, bathroom modifications and also full time nursing care at home. Whilst charities will be able to assist with some elements, a lot has to be funded by the family. Joel’s whole family have been, and continue to be, completely overwhelmed and grateful for everyone’s generosity; and for the fundraising and sponsored events which are too many to name. You are all absolutely amazing!!

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  • Felicity Saunders10 days ago
    Felicity Saunders

    Felicity Saunders

    10 days ago

    Thank you so much to Pepperberry Nursery (where one of Joel’s Cousins goes) for raising £75 selling the Christmas Quiz booklets. We are so appreciative of everyone’s suppport!

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Page last updated on: 1/24/2020 09.24

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 24, 2020

  • Howard from Spintec at Bee Mill

    Howard from Spintec at Bee Mill

    Jan 22, 2020

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 22, 2020

    Hope this helps.

    £100.00

  • Helen at enigma 2 all art

    Helen at enigma 2 all art

    Jan 21, 2020

    Love & best wishes to this brave little boy & all his family

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 21, 2020

    Well done raising so much money. There could be no better cause. Hope things are going as well as possible

    £1,000.00

  • Vicki Hardacre

    Vicki Hardacre

    Jan 20, 2020

    From all at Longridge town football club

    £215.00

  • The Walnes

    The Walnes

    Jan 19, 2020

    Sending you lots of love Joel, hope you get home soon. Your Auntie Danielle has told me what a brave young man you are xxx

    £50.00

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