Thanks for visiting our fundraising page. A fund has been set up called the Joseph Breland fund to support CLIC Sargent.
On 28th February 2017, our little boy Joseph, lost his long fight against cancer. Joe battled for nearly three years, during all that time CLIC Sargent were by our side.
Joseph was diagnosed with a high grade brain tumour in June 2014, in that year he underwent massive surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, transfusions, scans, X-rays, had further surgery to put in a Hickman Line and biopsies. Joseph suffered the effects of all these things, missed school, chronic pain, was neutropenic and exhausted.
2015 and 2016 Joe had regular scans further tests and cannulas fitted, his Hickman line came out and he started hormone replacement injections daily. The CLIC team arranged a holiday for us at Malcolm Sargent House in Scotland, they also put us in touch with other charities so we could all go to America!
However in August 2016 Joseph had a seizure, more scans followed, the cancer was back, so another 4 weeks of radiotherapy. and a huge quantity of steroids, morphine and antiseizure medication from then on. Joseph coped with all of this amazingly well, and one of the reasons is because of the dedication and support offered by our brilliant and fantastic CLIC Sargent nurses Ally, Sarah and Sue. CLIC Sargent nurses have gone beyond to support us through this hideous disease, they came to our house to do blood tests, cleaned Joes line, explained terminology, go to school to talk to the teachers and Joes classmates. They are in clinic and on the ward and on the phone for us 24 hours a day.
December 2016, there are no curative options left for Joe, again CLIC are there every step of the way, introducing and accompanying us to the Children's Hospice, and in the last few weeks coping with a very grumpy Joe! CLIC guided and supported us on the most awful plans that no parent should have to make.
Not only Joe has been effected by his cancer, his sister Rosie has found it all bewildering and scary, but Ally have taken time with her. Visiting Rosie in school and giving her time to talk.
We have also benefited from the CLIC Sargent social worker, Diane supports us with financial assistance, grants and accessing charities, dealing with work related issues, sick pay and government departments and nice things like Lego land tickets.
Originally when writing this story section I wrote 'We have a funny active sensitive little boy'. Well, I'm so so proud to say we certainly did and through all of the treatment listed above Joe never complained and he enjoyed life to the max. With CLICS support Joe packed so much in. They are UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING. We would like to raise £20 000 in memory of Joseph, thank you to all who have contributed already.
You can donate here and leave a message. You can also take a look at our team page, down on the left to see our other team members. You can also set up your own page and come back to www.justgiving.com/teams/josephbrelandfund and click on Join the Team.
All donations will go to support the work of CLIC Sargent; Every day 10 families are told their child has cancer. CLIC Sargent is the only organisation to offer them all round care and support. They are the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. They provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. To find out more visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
Thanks for your support.