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Family ‘overwhelmed’ as support for Ingol boy battling brain tumour flows in

Posted on - 26th January, 2024 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Cottam, Ingol, Preston News, Tanterton
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A fundraiser to help a five-year-old boy from Ingol to battle an aggressive brain tumour has reached its goal.

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Jenson Lewis with diagnosed with Medulloblastoma after a tumour the size of a tomato was found in his brain last summer.

The £5,000 fundraising target has now been met and since been risen to £10,000.

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Jenson’s mum, Sarah, has thanked the public for their generosity.

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She said: “We are overwhelmed with the support we have had from friends, family and the community since Vicky launched this fundraiser.

“Jenson has had a rough couple of weeks with his proton therapy, which has been hard on us all, but it is due to end next week. Then he can come home to be with us for a couple of weeks to rest before the next stage of treatment.

“The donations and other support we have received mean that we can really prioritise being with him and getting through these difficult times together, without adding layers of financial stress on top.

“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”

Jenson’s diagnosis came after he displayed symptoms around co-ordination and balance which kickstarted an intense course of treatment including multiple surgeries.

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The Preston-based family of five has been juggling travel to and from Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and The Christie in Manchester for his treatment, while trying to maintain schooling for Jenson’s siblings, Ruby, 16 and Finlay, 14.

His parents, Sarah and Simon, are taking turns staying with their five-year-old and returning home to be with their other children.

Jenson, who was recently diagnosed as autistic, will have to face long-term effects of this treatment, including infertility and stunted growth.

Jenson will require hormone therapy as he grows to combat the damaging effect of the radiation to his brain and spine which are expected to affect his cognition and processing abilities.

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He has participated in a clinical trial which has seen him endure high dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant – while this isn’t standard treatment for Medulloblastoma, this trial allows for progress of the treatment for the disease.

The ongoing treatment has meant that both Sarah and Simon have had to take unpaid leave, which has had a significant impact on their financial situation.

Childhood friend of Sarah, and fellow midwife, Victoria Gwin has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to support the family.

She explains that the money is being raised to allow Jenson’s parents to focus on supporting him through his treatment, and looking after their family as a whole, without having to worry about their finances.

You can donate to the GoFundMe page here.

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