THE parents of a brave little boy fighting a rare form of cancer say they are devastated after he suffered a second relapse.
Jacob Jones, from Braintree, has been fighting high-risk neuroblastoma since he was two.
The four-year-old’s immunotherapy was due to end in September and his parents Adam and Kerry had been raising money to secure his place on a clinical trial in America to help prevent the cancer from returning.
However Jacob is now back in hospital after Adam found a lump on his son’s neck, and a scan last week confirmed that Jacob has suffered a second relapse.
Due to the relapse he no longer qualifies for the trial in America.
Adam said: “As you can imagine all of Jacob’s family are totally devastated but we will carry on the fight.
“Unfortunately the odds are heavily stacked against us. Jacob will continue having immunotherapy but it will now be combined with chemotherapy.
“This treatment is very new to the UK but has shown some positive results in America. We can only pray it works. Thank you to everyone for your continued support of Jacob.”
Adam and Kerry are continuing to fundraise, because if Jacob reaches successful remission, he may become eligible for a clinical trial overseas and will need to quickly draw on the money raised.
Claire Hislop, Head of Development at Solving Kids Cancer (SKC) said: “We were so sorry to learn that Jacob has relapsed again. Jacob was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, which can be so cruel; families will hesitantly celebrate their child becoming cancer free in the knowledge that the cancer will likely return. When it does, it turns worlds upside down all over again.
“The survival rate upon relapse is sadly less than 10 per cent. We will continue to support Jacob and his family through this difficult time, helping to ensure the best possible treatment options are available to Jacob now and in the future.
“The family are continuing to fundraise through SKC with our support in the hope that Jacob that Jacob reaches remission and in case a promising option becomes available to him abroad, at which point he’ll need funds readily available.”
To donate visit solvingkidscancer.org.uk/appeal/jacob/ or text JAKJ88 and your amount £1-£10 to 70070.
Visit his Facebook page @04jacobjones, or his Twitter account @jacobjonesfight.