This page has been set up by James’ parents Jon and Carole, his brother George and wife Katie, in order to raise money in aid of Sarcoma UK. This is the only cancer charity in the UK focusing on all types of sarcoma.
We want to raise awareness about the disease and raise money for this charity, through on-going fundraising activities, so that families can be supported and research funded to improve survival rates. Thank you for helping us.
We are asking this army of supporters to help us smash our target of £5000 for Sarcoma UK by supporting the many people who will be taking part in the Two Castles Run on 9th June in James’s memory.
James started running the Two Castles when he was 17 and took part nearly every year. His best time was 43 minutes - so no pressure!
In loving memory of James Richard Morris Madley x
Sarcomas are uncommon cancers that can affect any part of the body, on the inside or outside, including the muscle, bone, tendons, blood vessels and fatty tissues.
15 people are diagnosed with sarcoma every day in the UK. That’s about 5300 people a year.
There are around 100 different sub-types of sarcoma, and diagnosis can be difficult. Survival rates are improving but are still low compared with other cancers.
James was 29, recently married, living in a house with Katie in Kenilworth, with a successful career, lots of friends and family around him and a passion for cricket, of course.
James started to feel unwell at the end of May 2018. What started with James being slightly more tired than usual, slight heartburn and then a small lump in his abdomen, quickly progressed onto doctors’ appointments, followed by many tests, scans, consultations with specialists and a lot of waiting around.
At the end of June, James became an inpatient at Warwick Hospital. By now, the lump in his abdomen had grown to 18cm. He was feeling very uncomfortable and struggling to eat and sleep. A week later, James was moved to a specialist sarcoma unit at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and diagnosed with a rare sarcoma called rhabdomyosarcoma. This is a type of soft tissue sarcoma that grows in active muscles in the body. The specialists decided to treat him with chemotherapy to shrink the tumour with a hope of removing it later. Over the next three weeks, the tumour grew rapidly, and James became more and more uncomfortable. The tumour eventually overwhelmed him and he had a cardiac arrest. He died on the morning of 28th July 2018.
During this whole period, despite everything, James remained optimistic, speaking often about future plans and what he would like to do once this tumour had gone. James wanted to spend more time with the people he loved and to play more cricket! He knew he was very much loved and had an army of support behind him.
If love was enough, James would still be here.
Sarcoma UK receives no government funding, it solely relies on voluntary donations. This charity aims to find an effective treatment for the disease by 2020.
Please help us to fight this awful disease by giving generously.
Jon, Carole, George and Katie