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Old Hall family face cancer battle together
6:00am Thursday 2nd January 2014 in News
CANCER may be one of the toughest battles any youngster has to face but this little soldier has got his granddad with him every step of the way.
Jenson Wright, aged four, was diagnosed with lymphoma two days after his granddad Reg was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Jenson’s parents Carolyn and Stephen said they have been overwhelmed by the support they have had from friends and family as Jenson has been put through more than 14 rounds of chemotherapy and his granddad had an operation to remove part of his lung.
After having their lives turned upside down, the Old Hall family have now got their sights set on raising cash for cancer research during January as they take part in the sponsored dryathlon to raise cash for the cause while little fighter Jenson undergoes more treatment.
Carolyn, aged 41, said: “He’s shown more bravery than any adult I’ve ever known and he’s had his granddad telling him they are going to get through it together.
“He skipped into the hospital and was fit and well before the treatment started so it’s been a rollercoaster since then.”
Carolyn first spotted a swelling on the Callands Primary School pupil’s jaw line at the end of October and was quickly referred to Alder Hey who eventually told the family it was cancer.
Lymphoma can be one of the most aggressive cancers in children but also one of the rarest in under fives.
After being treated the youngster will also have to endure three years of maintenance chemo meaning for more than half of his short life he will have been on treatment.
Carolyn added: “He’s had to endure numerous injections and it’s been really frightening for him.
“I set up a Facebook page so I could update all our friends and relatives in one go but we couldn’t believe it when 2,500 liked the page in less than four weeks.
“It’s really touching to know so many people care and helpful to speak from the heart about what we are going through.
“Then we found out £300 would fund research into child cancer for a week and we knew we wanted to do something to help.”
Friends have rallied around with eight already signed up for the dryathlon and more than £1,000 raised.
Carolyn, who also has 13-year-old son Lewis, added: “We have had so much support from complete strangers who have stumbled across Jenson’s page and sent messages of love and support.
“It’s been so humbling and heart-warming.”
Visit justgiving.com/jensonsjourney2014 and facebook.com/thejourneyofjenson.
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