Jake Cohen has been battling high-risk neuroblastoma, a particularly aggressive childhood cancer, since 2017. Almost 50% of children diagnosed will relapse at some point, and when that happens, sadly less than one in ten survive.
Jake has received extensive treatment and undergone numerous procedures as part of his treatment plan. Jake’s parents applied for a grant from the Retail Trust as they are raising funds to access further treatment, which is currently not available on the NHS.
Hannah, Jake’s mum, states: “Neuroblastoma is so complex to treat and Jake’s journey could take any number of routes. We just want to ensure we are ready for whatever the future may bring in terms of Jake’s treatment and it could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.”
Adam, Jake’s dad, says: “Watching your child going through intensive cancer treatment is horrific. Every drug Jake has received has potential long or short-term side effects and he has spent more time in hospital than most people do in their lifetime. However, he deals remarkably well with everything that is thrown at him and he has a happy positive outlook on life.”
Neil Duffy, Director of Wellbeing and Funding at the Retail Trust states, “Adam, who works in the supporting service industries, contacted us for help earlier this year. We were delighted to support the family’s efforts in raising funds to secure the next step in the treatment plan. We’ll keep in touch with the family to see how we may assist in the future.”
If you would like to find out more about Jake’s fundraising campaign, please click here.
You can keep up-to-date with Jake’s journey at https://jaketubeyandthewiggles.wordpress.com/