My name is Joe Thompson, I am a 24 year old professional footballer playing for Tranmere Rovers FC. After suffering for several weeks from increased fatigue and illness. I underwent numerous medical tests and on the 22nd October 2013, I was diagnosed with Nodular Sclerosing Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer.

Since being diagnosed with this form of cancer myself and my family's life has been turned upside down. Doctors confirmed I was to undergo 6 months of chemotherapy and in early December I began my treatment. If all goes well I am due to finish come the beginning of May 2014.

Once the news became public the immediate response was overwhelming with people from all walks of life providing support, so to footballing legends such as former Premier League referee Mark Halsey, ex Aston Villa captain Stan Petrov, former Middlesbrough Manager Brian Robson, ex Everton favourite Alan Stubbs and current tennis star Ross Hutchins to name but a few, they have all endured their own battles against cancer and the fact they reached out to me at such difficult time was extremely comforting.

I had been suffering a lot of flu like symptoms, tiredness like no other, intense night sweats and physical vomiting for a number of months prior to my diagnosis. I was totally unaware some might say ignorant to the symptoms that can present themselves with Lymphoma cancer. My aim is to not only raise money for a worthy charity but to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research also use my sporting platform to help raise awareness regarding the symptoms of cancer and also bring to light the incredible work and research that is being done daily to cure this terrible disease.

This is why with the help of Tranmere Rovers Football Club I have set up this Just Giving page to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research with a unique challenge.

The #grow4joe challenge was started by my current teammate Max Power who decided that starting January 1 2014 he was going to grow his hair for the next 12 months. His way of showing me moral support with my journey to fight against cancer and get back on the football pitch. So I’m urging teammates, ex teammates, footballers, sporting professionals, fans and all of you wonderful people to join in and grow your hair until the end of the football season, 2nd May 2014 which is also around the same time that I am due to finish my chemotherapy hopefully.

You can grow any part of your facial hair or head hair. For example grow a funny moustache, long beard or an afro the possibilities are endless. We will publish all of your before, during and after pictures on our official Facebook, twitter and Instagram accounts to motivate and inspire you.

Twitter: Grow4joe

Instagram: Grow4joe

If you do not wish to take part in the #grow4joe challenge please show your support for the wonderful people who have taken up the challenge by simply donating.

I am looking forward to beating this disease and getting back on the football pitch where my passion is. I am determined that Lymphoma Cancer will not affect my footballing career it will only give me more strength and determination to succeed. But while I am undergoing my treatment I feel the need to use my time to try and help others in the future.  


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Raising money for

Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research)

Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research)

Charity Registration No. 216032

We've changed the world for people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders - but we won’t stop until every single one of the 38,000 people diagnosed with a blood cancer each year survives and can live their lives to the full. Your contribution really will make a difference.

Raising money for

Run by Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research)

Charity Registration No. 216032

Donations 313

Donation by Anonymous on 16/09/15


Donation by David Triggs on 09/06/15


Donation by Wirral Radio Events on 29/01/15


+ £375.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Danny Shaw on 05/11/14


Saw this in The Times on Monday

Donation by Anonymous on 10/09/14

Bit of a late donation, but for a great cause. Thanks for the donations to grow the ginger beard. Donations from friends, family and strangers who admired the beard!

Donation by Stephen Broughton on 06/09/14


+ £100.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 31/07/14


+ £3.87 Gift Aid

Donation by Tranmere Rovers fans on 17/07/14


+ £68.63 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 13/07/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

great news joe! thanks to all friends and family, and also patrons of neston H.W.S for sponsoring me to grow my hair!!!

Donation by Terry.B.Sharp on 11/07/14


+ £87.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 30/06/14

My donation from the money i raised growing my hair. Sorry its late (holidays and stuff like that)

Donation by Matthew Gilbert on 23/06/14


Great news! It can be beaten! Good luck for the 2014/15 season Joe. We're all Tranmere aren't we? Up the Millers!

Donation by David Laughton on 20/06/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Such Great News.Thanks to all ootball fans who have supported Joe.

Donation by Anonymous on 17/06/14


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 17/06/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thanks to all who donated. See you on the pitch soon my friend

Donation by Marcus Holness on 16/06/14


+ £155.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 12/06/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Best wishes.

Donation by Robert Proudfoot on 03/06/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Get well soon mate from all at Morecambe FC

Donation by Jack Redshaw & Ryan Williams on 31/05/14


+ £78.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Rochdale supporters trust on 30/05/14


Sponsorship money collected from Colchester United players & Staff, friends and family. Best wishes from everyone who donated.

Donation by Josh Thompson Grow4Joe Sponsorship on 28/05/14


+ £133.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Diana Batty on 27/05/14

Amazing cause! Joe you are an inspiration

Donation by Tranmere fan on 26/05/14


Hi Joe, the proceeds from our charity football tournament for you. A little short of our target, but still more than we have previously raised. All the best, can't wait to see you playing again.

Donation by Richard Ault on 20/05/14


+ £93.00 Gift Aid

Hope this helps with all your good work.

Donation by Jean Sneddon,Will Vaulks & All at FFC on 20/05/14


+ £125.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£19,125.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£19,125.00
  • Gift Aid£3,743.34

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