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All fired up to support Jamie Inglis, six
A BRAVE young boy battling an aggressive cancer has received the medical go-ahead for vital treatment abroad, but still needs thousands of pounds to make the trip.
Jamie Inglis, six, is undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and is soon to begin radiotherapy after having a tumour removed from his spine.
His parents, Vicky and John, received the news last week that the tumour had gone, paving the way for stem cell treatment in Germany, which is essential if Jamie is to have any chance of preventing the aggressive form of the disease from returning.
Mr Inglis said: “The reality is that the chemotherapy clears what’s there, but doesn’t have any residual effect. If we just gave him chemotherapy, it’s such an aggressive disease we would just be back to where we are now in another six months.”
He said he had recently been to visit the facilities in Germany where the procedure would be carried out, but the campaign target was currently at £21,000, well short of the £250,000 needed for the trip.
Mr Inglis said: “We are very grateful for everyone’s support, but now he is in a position for the treatment and it’s critical we get the funds to make it accessible to him.”
Jamie defied the odds to beat the childhood cancer neuroblastoma three years ago, after his parents and friends raised £350,000 for pioneering treatment in the United States. However, it returned and Jamie had to undergo the spinal operation, forcing him to have to learn how to walk again.
Firefighters at Gipton Fire Station in Leeds recently arranged a day out for Jamie and are planning a further fundraiser.
Dave Iddon, from Red Watch, said: “When I heard of Jamie’s plight I knew I had to do something to help, so with the help of my colleagues from the fire station we invited Jamie down for the day. We had a fantastic time with Jamie and he thoroughly enjoyed himself. Now that the lads have met Jamie, and admired his courage and determination its even more important that we raise the funds to get him the treatment he needs.”
The latest fundraising efforts to help Jamie include a Zumbathon at Archbishop Holgate’s School, in York, while Saks hairdressers in Davygate, is hosting a fundraising haircut day on June 10.
Mr Inglis said: “We have had great practical support from neighbours in Kelfield and hope to run a stall for Jamie at the craft fair as part of the Jubilee celebrations on June 3.”
Ashley Cameron, from Saks, has also pledged to cycle 874 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to support the cause.
He said: “We’re trying to do it in six days. Most people who have done it say we’ll never do that. I only took up cycling about a year ago. I’m doing about 200 miles a week on the bike and ten miles running in preparation.”
Mr Cameron will be joined by Pike Hills Golf Club pro Ian Tailby, Duncan Flint and Chris Hudson, both from Fulford Cycles, who are each raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation and Well Child respectively.
The team sets off from Land’s End in Cornwall on Sunday and hope to arrive in John O’Groats, next Saturday, June 9. Their progress will be updated on the Saks Facebook page.
Donations can be made at justgiving.com/teams/JamieInglis or, to sponsor Ashley Cameron, justgiving.com/ashleycameron1
Donations to Jamie’s appeal can be made at justgiving. com/jamiesappeal or by texting ‘JAMY99’ followed by your amount to 70070, eg ‘JAMY99 £10’.