In loving memory of Jasmine Topsakalidis

We are so sorry to share the news that Jasmine passed away on December 24 2019.

Her family shared this message on social media:

“Our beautiful and brave Jasmine passed away a few hours ago at home with her family all with her. She fought so hard for two years and is now no longer in pain.

We are beyond devastated to lose our precious girl and don't know how to go on. But we know we need to follow her footsteps and find the courage that she has shown us day in and day out. In time I hope we can make her proud.

Dance in the stars beautiful.
Thank you all for your support xx”

Jasmine’s story

Cheeky and loving Jasmine is a Princess to her parents and older brother, who she absolutely adores.

She loves dancing, music and everything to do with the movie ‘Frozen’! Everyone that meets her falls in love.

In January 2018, Jasmine was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, an extremely aggressive childhood cancer that affects around 100 children in the UK each year.

During treatment Jasmine sadly relapsed, and her family are now appealing for your help to fund potentially life-saving surgery in New York.

Her family are desperate to do all they can to give Jasmine the best chance of beating this awful disease.

“Our world and everything we took for granted disappeared in a second,” say Tania and Ioannis, Jasmine’s mum and dad. “The fear of losing our daughter and not being able to protect her is the worst feeling in the world.”

Jasmine’s treatment

Since she was diagnosed Jasmine has undergone extensive chemotherapy, stem cell transplant, major surgery, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

She was in hospital for more than six months over the course of her first year of treatment, often not allowed to even leave her room or even see her brother.

“She has been nothing short of amazing. She smiles whenever she can and continues to make all the doctors and nurses fall in love with her. When I ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she is very clear that she wants to be a doctor, or on some days a nurse because they are the ones that get to give out stickers!” says Ioannis.

Throughout this journey, Jasmine developed several life-threatening side-effects including internal bleeding, Venous Occlusive Disease (VOD) and severe neurological reactions.

Due to these severe neurological reactions, Jasmine was not able to complete the immunotherapy part of her treatment.

Jasmine’s family, together with doctors, identified the Bivalent Vaccine clinical trial in New York, in the hope of preventing a relapse, which sadly arrived before she could access the treatment.

Jasmine’s fundraising campaign

Jasmine's family are appealing for your help to fund potentially life-saving surgery in New York.

Ioannis and Tania say: “If you feel you are able to contribute in any way we would very much appreciate your help and be eternally grateful. We just want to be able to get our daughter through this so that she can live her life and one day be able to fulfil her dream of becoming a doctor, helping other people in need.”

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