Brave Jay says thanks
A YOUNG cancer sufferer is back in Ipswich today after enjoying the holiday of his dreams - thanks to kind-hearted members of the public.Jay Magill and his mum Davina, who have both battled cancer, have returned from their holiday of a lifetime in Florida and now they wish to thank all those who supported them.
A YOUNG cancer sufferer is back in Ipswich today after enjoying the holiday of his dreams - thanks to kind-hearted members of the public.
Jay Magill and his mum Davina, who have both battled cancer, have returned from their holiday of a lifetime in Florida and now they wish to thank all those who supported them.
Ms Magill, 35, of Wallers Grove, said: “The trip was lovely, absolutely lovely and Jay really enjoyed it.
“I want to thank the people who donated to the appeal fund.
“We went to Sea World, Island Adventure, Universal Studios and Wet and Wild. Jay loved Wet and Wild the most because he loves swimming.”
It was a much deserved holiday for the family after Jay was diagnosed with bone cancer, osteosarcoma, while his mum was in the midst of fighting chronic myeloid leukaemia.
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Jay, 13, is now in remission and Ms Magill is waiting to see if she can have a stem cell transplant.
Sadly, they have returned from their holiday to the news that Ms Magill's mother is now battling breast cancer.
It is not known how serious her condition is but it has been another blow for the family who have suffered a succession of problems over the past few years.
They even faced the prospect of cancelling their holiday when Jay's leg began to swell up in the days before they were due to travel.
It was the leg which had been affected by the cancer and his mum began to expect the worse.
Ms Magill added: “Jay went to the hospital and they said they could see something on the bone and I thought 'oh no' but he had a scan and it turned out to be a break caused because of the way he was walking.
“They wanted to put it in a cast and we thought he wouldn't be able to fly because they won't let you in a cast so they put a moon boot on him - like the one David Beckham wore.”
Jay inflates the boot himself and could remove it on holiday when he wanted to swim which meant he could fully enjoy the experience.
The family also benefited from a £500 donation from Shona's Smile Foundation which paid for all the additional expenses on their trip.
Jay had become good friends with Shona, of Laurelhayes, Ipswich, when she lost her own battle with cancer in December at the age of ten.