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East Lancashire brain tumour boy, 4, raises funds with card design
3:16pm Thursday 22nd November 2012 in News
A FOUR-year-old boy diagnosed with a brain tumour has helped create a Christmas card to raise money to help others fighting the same illness.
Brave Jack Lambert’s cards have been so popular that more than 2,000 have been sold and now the Brain Tumour Research and Support charity has asked if they can stock them in their shops.
The family of the youngster, who was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the brain, medulloblastoma, when he was just 20-months-old, are currently facing an agonising wait to see if life-saving treatment has worked.
The cards, which feature a hand and fingerprint reindeer by Jack and his brother James, have been made as part of an awareness campaign launched by his family and friends, to educate people about the condition.
They also hope to raise £5,000 for the Brain Tumour Research and Support charity.
Jack’s mum, Jen, 31, who grew up in Slaidburn before moving to Bolton-By-Bowland, said the family had been overwhelmed by the response to the cards.
She said: “Initially we had hoped to sell 200 cards but it has just really taken off and so far we have sold over 2,000, with more orders coming in all the time. Jack and James really enjoyed making them and hopefully they will help raise more awareness of brain tumours.”
Sarah Kynaston, together with Katheryn Booth and Lorraine Oliver, who have formed a fundraising team to support the family, came up with the idea.
Sarah said: “We wanted to come up with something that Jack and his brother could both get involved with and that was personal to them.
“We used Jack’s handprint and James decorated them and wrote the words. We originally decided to just sell them from our fundraising page on Facebook, although we had offers from local shops.
“However the Brain Tumour Research and Support charity said they loved the design and asked if they could have 50 packs to sell.”
Jen and Rob, 37, a farmer who grew up in Barnoldswick, first noticed something was wrong when Jack was a toddler.
After intensive chemotherapy that left him unable to walk, he was given the all clear. But then they got the devastating news that the cancer had spread.
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