Jude is a Dinosaur and animal-loving three-year-old. He has a thirst for knowledge about how things work and why things happen. He loves Elton John and even received a Christmas card, present and video message from him!
 

He has warmed the hearts of so many with his smile and attitude towards everything that he has, and still is, going through.  

In July 2021 Jude was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer that has a 40-50% chance of long-term survival at diagnosis.  

Jude’s parents, Lucy and Arron are currently fundraising for potentially lifesaving treatment, either to get their son into remission or to try and keep the cancer away if his frontline treatment does go to plan. This could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. 

 Jude’s Story 

In July 2021 Jude started to complain of pains in his legs, was struggling with walking, spiking temperatures, and having night sweats. After a few trips to A&E Jude was admitted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for further investigations.  

The evening before Jude’s third birthday his parents were told that a tumour had been found on his MRI scan.  

“It completely shattered our worlds. We were quickly thrown into a new world of cancer, it had a whole new language and rules,” says mum Lucy. 

Jude was officially diagnosed a few days later with high-risk neuroblastoma, with his cancer having already spread to other parts of his body.  

 Treatment So Far 

Since his diagnosis, Jude has endured 90 days and 58 nights in hospital, including two in High Dependency, he’s had 21 days of having chemotherapy drugs infused, including COJEC treatment and high dose chemotherapy.  

He’s also had 20 scans, 21 covid swabs, 66 injections into his thigh given by a nurse or mum, 13 anaesthetics, 7 surgeries or procedures, including removal of his primary tumour, a stem cell transplant, 10 blood transfusions and 7 platelet transfusions. He has gone through 9 NG tubes and most recently has had to start wearing hearing aids due to chemo-induced hearing loss. He sadly spent part of his third birthday and the whole of Christmas 2021 in hospital. Even when Jude is at home the family still have visits from their outreach nurse, who has visited 43 times. He is about to start a three-week course of radiotherapy which will require a daily general anaesthetic. 

“Jude has kept a smile on his face for most of his treatment, but it’s been incredibly tough on him. He’s not gone a day without medication, he struggles with fatigue and regularly needs to be carried or use a chair to get about. His high dose chemotherapy left him incredibly weak and vulnerable, and Jude contracted an infection that required him to be on oxygen. He couldn’t open his own presents on Christmas Day because he was so weak,” says parents Lucy and Arron. 

Once he has completed radiotherapy, Jude will then go onto immunotherapy treatment which is the last phase of frontline treatment available on the NHS.   

Jude's Fundraising Campaign 

Jude’s family are raising funds for further treatment, either to get Jude into remission or to try and keep the cancer away if treatment does go to plan. This could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.   

“We want to give Jude the best chance of staying cancer-free and we feel like, if Jude is eligible, seeking further maintenance treatment is our best option. He’s barely started his life before cancer has tried to snatch it away from him, we do not want him to go through this again,” say Lucy and Arron.  

How you can help  

There are many ways you can help Jude: by making a personal donation; by sharing and following his story on Facebook and Instagram, holding a fundraising event; getting sponsored to take on a challenge.     

To donate by text, send “JUDE” followed by any whole amount up to £20 to 70450. This will cost your donation plus your standard
 network charge. It won’t matter if you leave a space before the number, if you include a ‘£’ sign or whether you use upper or lower case.    
 

Download our free Jude resources below to support your fundraising.     

Campaign Poster    Event Poster  Sponsorship Form   

You can make a donation via this page.     

If you’d like to help to support Jude’s campaign, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 0207 284 0800 and [email protected]