Jack died of a brain tumour in the Summer of 2011. He was 10 years old. We had wonderful support but even with the help of family, friends and health professionals, losing Jack has been almost too hard to bear – we just want to keep Jack’s memory alive and help other families on this terrible journey.
Bright and inquisitive with a wicked sense of humour, Jack loved playing with his friends, going to school and playing rugby for his local under 10s on a Sunday.
It was at one of his Sunday sessions that his coach mentioned that Jack seemed to be having problems with his vision.
What happened next was our worst nightmare. It quickly became clear that Jack had an aggressive and inoperable brain tumour. Over the next ten months though sick from the chemo and exhausted by the radio therapy Jack never complained. He showed true grit and determination beyond his years. He was determined to go to school as much as possible; to try and live his life as normally as possible for a long as possible. His dad gave up work to care for Jack and some days Jack was not well enough to go to school.
Jack became gravely ill in July 2011 and the local community palliative care team took over his day to day medical care. This amazing team quickly became part of our family and more importantly their care and support allowed his dad and I to care for Jack at home – where he wanted to be. On July 19, 2011 Jack died at home surrounded by his family.
Jack was loved and admired by so many people. Many of whom wanted to fundraise in his memory. We chose donations to Together for Short Lives in lieu of flowers at his funeral. In September Alex together with Jack’s rugby coach and other dads ran the Coventry Half Marathon supported by the Jack’s friends from the club. In December Jack’s school ran a memorial day and in March the Dads took on Survival of the Fittest.