Story

 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.  

 

Raising money for

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Charity Registration No. 216032

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Your contribution really will make a difference to the lives of the 30,000 people diagnosed every year with a blood cancer. beatingbloodcancers.org.uk

Donations 224

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Donation by Tony Harling on 20/04/14

£13.00

+ £3.25 Gift Aid

Proud of Jimmy B for completing the London marathon. Amazing job everyone involved for raising an incredible amount so far! All the best for getting fit and well Joe.

Donation by Stephanie Wilson on 17/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Darryl Pinto on 17/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck. Wishing you the best and a full recovery

Donation by Laura Q on 17/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Jimmy Barrow's marathon sponsorship ..... More to come. On Sunday I completed the London marathon, my motivation was to raise money for JT. Keep fighting mate. X

Donation by Jimmy Barrow on 17/04/14

£1,500.00

+ £375.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 17/04/14

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Hi Joe Get well soon.

Donation by Alan Longbottom on 17/04/14

£20.00

Get well soon Joe and well done for getting together to raise money for such a worthy cause guys.

Donation by Paul McManus on 17/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 17/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Get well soon Joe

Donation by Katie Burrows on 17/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

John/Daniel, a fantastic charity and will raise much needed funds. Hopefully will get the full backing of all the staff at Shop Direct!

Donation by Darren Lloyd on 17/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Was made aware of this by Nathan growing his fro! hope you get well soon god bless x

Donation by Anonymous on 16/04/14

£10.00

Hi Joe. I'm Nathan Eccleston's uncle Kevin. I am currently undergoing chemo for non Hodgkins lymphoma. Good look, be strong and be positive as possible.

Donation by Kevin Henry on 16/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done James!!

Donation by Stu & Jo on 14/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 14/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Jimbo!!!

Donation by Ross & Hannah on 13/04/14

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Good luck James barrow xxx

Donation by Lucy & phil on 13/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck JB!

Donation by Victoria! on 12/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck James B

Donation by Barry and Linda Burke on 12/04/14

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Good luck to James Barrow running the London Marathon this weekend for such a good cause!! X

Donation by Kate, Neil and Sophie on 11/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 10/04/14

Donation by iola Davies on 09/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck on the marathon this weekend Jimmy! Great effort for a great cause xx

Donation by Sally and Dangerous on 08/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck to Jimmy Barrow who is running the London Marathon this weekend. Such a great cause - enjoy it Jimmy (if you can!).

Donation by Andrew Currie on 07/04/14

£26.20

+ £6.55 Gift Aid

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Money raised by Will Vaulks who was our Buff Butler at the FFC Ladies day event to raise awareness & donations. We wish you a speedy recovery Joe

Donation by Falkirk Football Club Ladies Day Guests on 07/04/14

£231.00

+ £57.75 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£7,922.04
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£7,922.04
  • Gift Aid£1,729.30

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