Dean’s Journey

Dean is a happy, active boy who adores Skylanders and gaming. To his proud parents, Jane and Tony, seeing him enjoying life is not without complications. When Dean was just 3 ½ years old, their lives were changed forever.

Dean’s mother Jane describes how she thought her son had a treatable childhood illness but which actually turned out to be a far more serious childhood disease.

“A lump became visible on the side of Dean’s neck. At the same time his stomach was slightly distended,” explains Jane.

With no other signs of being unwell, Jane’s concern was that her son had mumps. That very evening, she took Dean to the A and E department at their local hospital. Bloods were taken and Dean was admitted to the children’s ward late that night. An ultrasound and X-ray took place the following morning.

“Later that day, we were told that 2 masses had been detected and they were most likely to be cancerous,” says Jane.


His family are fundraising for NCCA UK to help Dean and other children like him if additional treatment is needed or if the cancer were to return. The risk of relapse with high risk neuroblastoma is higher than with many other childhood cancers but through Dean’s Journey the NCCA UK can ensure that every possible avenue for treatment is open to him should he need it.

Tony and Jane say “It doesn’t get any easier to cope with, you just get better at hiding it. We keep on going because that’s what we need to do for Dean.”
Please make a donation to the NCCA UK to help Dean, and children like him. Every donation made for the NCCA UK, no matter how small, will make a difference.

If you can help by holding or organising a fundraising event please contact the fundraising team at the NCCA UK on 020 7284 0800.

To donate via your mobile phone text DEAN93 and your amount (£1-10) to 70070.

Jane and Tony thank everyone who has supported them so far and say “All Dean wants is the chance to grow up like everyone else. With your help this dream could be a possibility.”

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Terms and Conditions for Journeys

All donations are paid into Solving Kids’ Cancer Europe’s general funds to further its general charitable purposes. The funds raised by this Journey are not restricted for the child’s use. However, the trustees of SKC have agreed to designate 93% of funds raised by this Journey to help the child and their family pay for potential future treatment costs and all other associated costs including travel and accommodation. We will use the remaining 7% to pay for some of SKC’s administrative and fundraising costs.

If the child no longer needs the funds, or if the trustees decide, at their absolute discretion, that the funds should be used for a different purpose, they may redesignate all or part of the 93% for SKC’s general charitable purposes. We are very grateful for your charitable donation.

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