Brighton game dedicated to Jacob Jones
Southend United’s pre-season friendly against Brighton & Hove Albion will be dedicated to Jacob Jones.
4-year-old Jacob has been fighting high-risk neuroblastoma cancer with an aggressive treatment regime since he was two. Despite this, sadly he relapsed in April 2016, which has meant more treatment.
As part of the pre-season fixture against the Premier League side, Jacob will lead the team out, have the chance to get player signatures before the game and then watch the game from the directors box with his family.
There will also be a bucket collection taking place around the ground for supporters to make a donation and #JoinJacobsFight.
Jacob Jones Appeal
Jacob sadly relapsed in April 2016, which has meant more treatment. His immunotherapy in the UK ends in July, at which point there will be no further treatment options for him in the UK. While his recent scans show no evidence of disease, relapse rates are high and the chance of surviving another relapse is very low.
Knowing a further relapse could prove fatal, his family and treating team have identified the Bivalent Vaccine clinical trial at MSKCC in New York as additional therapy for Jacob should his scans remain clear of disease, which could help prevent the cancer returning.
His family are appealing for £192k to cover the costs of accessing this trial, the associated costs and a contingency for unforeseen complications. Desperate to give their son the best chance of life, they need your help to raise the funds.
To read more on Jacob’s fight and to donate, visit his just giving page here.