It’s a testament to the good people I know to have people like Brian in my circles. Brian is a good man, caring father and leader in his work. We used to work together many moons ago, it’s how I know him.
I sent him a ping over the internet recently, it’d be too long since we spoke. Last time I saw him in person, I was having a challenging time myself, he took time out from his work to buy me lunch and a couple of beers. We had a chat as friends, which at the time meant the world to me.
He messaged me back on Facebook, it came as quite a shock to hear that his young daughter Sophie has Leukaemia. I didn’t know what to say, felt like I’d put my foot in my mouth really, what does one say ? Brian’s a good hearted guy and probably realised that I had little experience in relating in this situation.
I asked if their was anything I could do to help. He said simply – “keep posting those lovely photos”. So I did/am/continue to post my photography, which people often tell me inspires and makes their days happier. I enjoy doing them anyway, so it’s win-win.
It came to me later that there is something I could do to help – I have a blog with more than 30000 followers, if he (and his family) wanted, I could help spread awareness and help them raise money for the charity. I mentioned it to Brian, I wasn’t sure whether he’d want the publicity, for me it’s the same either way, I’d help in this way if he wants, or not if he doesn’t.
Brian said he’d like me to help, so here we are. That’s already far too much about Brian and I, I just wanted to fill you in the background why part. This is for Sophie ….
Sophie was diagnosed with Leukaemia last year in October. I can only imagine how devastating this must have been for her whole family, whom I know a little through Brian – Vicky, Joe, Tom and Sophie.
Leukaemia is a blood or bone marrow cancer. The issue is an abnormal increase in the levels of immature white blood cells in the body. I’m definately no expert, but it’s a serious and life threatening illness. One of the treatments is Chemotherapy, which kills cancer cells, but also kills healthy cells, which why people lose their hair during their treatment.
From Brian’s Facebook page (you may need to visit my blog to see this, not sure if it will show in email) :
From Brian’s fund raising page on justgiving.com :
Sophie was diagnosed with Leukaemia in October 2013. Sophie has been facing the biggest challenge she will ever face. The survival for life. Please help Sophie and the family raise funds for Leukaemia Research so we can help improve cancer treatments and increase survival rates for future patients.
Since Sophie started her treatment 6 months ago she has spent 40 nights in hospital she has had 11 blood transfusions, 30 days on steroids, 151 days of Chemo treatment, 70+ blood extracts, 21 leg injections, 11 general anaesthetics and Lumber punctures, 4x Bone marrow extracts. General surgery for insertion of the Hickman line. 25 Hickman dressings, 7 X-rays, 18 infusions of antibiotics and she has been neutropenic and housebound for 80+ days and she is still smiling. She has lots more of the same to come, please support Sophie’s amazing bravery by making a small donation.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my Just Giving page
Donating through Just Giving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with Just Giving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Obviously if you’re able to give anything that would be marvellous, but there’s absolutely no pressure from me or Brian, they’ve already reached and exceeded their original target. JustGiving.com have a deal with the government for UK donations, whereby the government will give 25% extra as some kind of tax relief for charitable donations.
Brian is running the fundraising to be doing something to help. I’m writing this because Brian has proved himself to be a really good friend over the last 10+ years, he’s always taken the time for me. So I want to help Brian spread awareness, and perhaps raise a little money. It’s the little that I can do to help.
Lastly just to say that I wish that Sophie will get better soon. My warmest regards to Sophie and her family.
Please do give a little if you want to, no obligation. I’m sure Sophie and her family would be happy to just to receive kind comments and well wishes 😀
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