Having a young child that is suffering through an aggressive illness is never easy. Day in and day out in hospital takes a toll on an entire family. Especially, when they cannot return home.
Well, this is the case for little Jessie Stocks from Barnsley. Last year, she was diagnosed with Leukaemia. This was after a year of battles with GP’s before her diagnosis finally took place. Two weeks after the diagnosis was made, it was established that Jessie also had a Philadelphia chromosome gene. This made her Leukaemia very hard to treat and is very rare in children.
Due to this gene, Jessie needed a platelet and blood transfusion. She was also started on chemotherapy. However, three months later it was established that this chemotherapy was not working. Consequently, she would need a bone marrow transplant. To get her body ready for this though, she needed a high course of chemotherapy.
The transplant took place in June last year. However, since then she has suffered through the side effects of the chemotherapy alongside several complications in response to the transplant. At the minute, Jessie is battling consistent infections and virus’.
This has meant that for the past 13 months, Jessie and her mother Mel have been living in the hospital, separated from the rest of their family. Prior to Jessie being diagnosed with Leukaemia, the family moved into a new home. The house was in an unfit state though and work was needed to finish the home. However, due to Jessie’s diagnosis, this was never completed.
Jessie’s dad Sam works full time. Alongside this, he also looks after their other seven year old daughter and consistently visits Jessie and her mom in the hospital. Ultimately, he has no time to complete any DIY work.
Therefore, this family are asking for some help. To move back home, Mel and Sam need their children’s rooms decorating and carpeted. Mel describes the family’s struggle: “I hardly get to see Sam and Macy.”
“Sam rushes here after work then home, and by then it’s almost Macy’s bedtime. He’s absolutely shattered and has lost his spark, I’ve never seen him so low.”
“We don’t want to ask for help but the girls’ bedrooms are a real mess and we need them clean and dry at least. Macy has had it rough without her mum and her sister. She deserves a proper bedroom too. Jessie has been so brave. She lights up when she sees her sister and they can’t wait to be together again.”
So, if you can help, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, head over to the Go Funding page here, to donate whatever you can.