I’m going to run 3 marathons in 3 days next week for my big pal Jay. I haven’t trained for this but don’t care, I will get around somehow.
Jay was injured in Afghanistan in 2012 resulting in him losing both of his legs above the knee. Nearly 8 years have passed and he now uses prosthetics on a full time basis, but doesn’t let anything get in the way of him doing the things he loves. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Jay had treatment (chemotherapy) for 6 months as an out patient in Doncaster hospital.
Although the treatment showed signs of improving his condition initially, recent scans show that it is still present and has now unfortunately progressed to his spleen.
Jay is now to become an inpatient, and will start aggressive treatment in Hull hospital imminently. Between now and the end of January he will spend at least 8 weeks in hospital as a bare minimum. Nobody should have to worry about the financial side of things, especially going through everything he and his family are going through. However Hull is 46 miles away from his family home. 75 miles away from his youngest children, and 350 miles away from his eldest. Visiting him isn’t going to be cheap or easy, and Jay has obviously had to give up working in order to receive treatment.
Jay and his family have the usual bills, mortgage, car etc; but in addition to the above, his fiancé will now need to travel daily to visit him, as well as regular visits from his children. All of this is additional expense that hasn't been budgeted for!