Jessica’s Journey

07/09/18

Solving Kids’ Cancer are absolutely devastated to share the news that on the morning of September 7th, 2018, Jess gave her last roar.

Jess has inspired us throughout her fight, always smiling as she beat ‘Boris’ each time. But neuroblastoma is a cruel disease which has high relapse rates and Jess showed unbelievable bravery each time it happened.

The thoughts of everyone at Solving Kids’ Cancer are with Jess’ family. We will always #RoarForJess as we fight neuroblastoma.

Her family posted this on social media: “It is with great sadness we have to tell you that Jess gave her last roar and gained her angel wings this morning. She passed away peacefully.

I would like to thank you all for your support. Nanny and grandad would like to thank our children for their unwavering commitment and love, we couldn’t have done the last 7 weeks without them.

We are going to take some time for ourselves and ensure that Taylor and Mia are protected during this difficult time. We are absolutely devastated, heartbroken doesn’t even cover it. We will post next week when we have details of Jess’s FUNeral. 💔💔💔👼👼👼”

Jess’ story

3-year-old Jessica had always been a healthy child until one day in 2011 when Jessica fell and bumped her chin at nursery.  Her family and nursery staff were concerned as the pupils in Jessica’s eyes had changed size. Jessica was taken to hospital and it was from this point onwards that the medical investigations began.

Jessica’s Nan, Louise, says “The results of those investigations shocked the family. We were told that Jessica had a tumour called Neuroblastoma.” Fortunately, this was a low-risk tumour which actually went into spontaneous remission.

For the next couple of years, Jessica continued life as normal, largely unaffected by the earlier health scare. It wasn’t until December 2013 when things took a turn for the family. It was Christmas time and Jessica, now 6 years old, began complaining that she felt unwell. On Christmas Day, she wasn’t her usual excited self and from there, “She just went downhill; we were so worried and knew something was not right” says Louise.

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Your fundraising will mean that if Jessica’s family choose for her to access an experimental therapy abroad in the desperate hope of preventing her cancer from returning, she can access the treatment and is not prohibited by an overwhelming cost. By supporting Jessica’s Journey, you can help ensure that every possible treatment option is open to Jessica should she need it, whether at home or abroad.

If Jessica does not access a clinical trial abroad, the funds will be used to support other children and families affected by neuroblastoma.

Jessica’s family are, “overwhelmed by the support so far – thank you to everybody.”

To make a donation to Jessica’s Journey visit: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/solvingkidscancer/JessicaShepherd/

To donate via your mobile phone text ‘HJBB48’ and an amount £1 – £10 to 70070.

If you’d like to fundraise for Jessica, contact the fundraising team at Solving Kids’ Cancer on 0207 284 0800 | fundraising@solvingkidscancer.org.uk

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All donations are paid into Solving Kids’ Cancer’s (SKC) 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 90% 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 10% to pay for 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 90% for SKC general charitable purposes. We are very grateful for your charitable donation.

For further information about SKC and how we spend donations, please contact info@solvingkidscancer.org.uk

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