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Brave Jamie's appeal breaks £10,000 mark
THE appeal to raise £250,000 to pay for relapse treatment for brave young cancer battler Jamie Inglis has broken the £10,000 barrier.
As The Press reported last month, six-year-old Jamie from Kellfield suffered a relapse and underwent fresh surgery to have a tumour removed from his spine, and is now having to learn to walk again.
Doctors operated successfully, and Jamie’s family has now raised £10,144 towards their total which is needed to pay for relapse treatment with experts in Germany. The treatment is not available in this country.
Jamie had defied the odds to beat the childhood cancer neuroblastoma three years ago, after his parents, Vicky and John and many friends raised £350,000 for pioneering treatment in the United States, but it was found to have returned after Jamie, a joint winner of a Press Community Pride Award in 2010, complained of acute back pain.
Dad John Inglis, a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps, said: "Jamie’s going through treatment just now and he’s finding it really tough. He’s been pretty smashed with it really and he’s in a lot of discomfort and pain. I’d be lying if I said it was easy, but we just have to keep fundraising and getting him through it.”
Fundraising has been taking place at Jamie’s school, Lord Deramore’s in Heslington with - among other things - the school selling “Pebble Pets”, stones with faces painted on them, which has raised £600.
On Friday, May 25 all York schools have been invited to take part in a non uniform day and for each pupil to donate £1 for Jamie’s Keep me Smiling appeal. The same day, there will be a zumba event from 7pm to 9pm at Archbishop Holgates CE School. There will be a raffle and tickets cost £10. Tickets are being sold at Lord Deramore’s School.
Donations to Jamie's appeal can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/jamiesappeal or by texting 'JAMY99' followed by your amount to 70070, eg 'JAMY99 £10'.