Parents of brave toddler who battled cancer to hold fundraiser for ward
THE family of this brave little toddler who battled cancer before he was even a year old, are raising money to thank medics who saved his life after theirs was turned upside down.
Jack Ramsey was born a healthy baby boy on June 2, 2011, but at four months old, his mum Jade Melin found a lump on his neck.
She was told by doctors that things were fine, but four months later, his nappy was full of blood.
The news that followed an ultrasound scan at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales' Hospital, turned his parents' world upside down.
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First-time mum Jade, 20, and Jack's dad Mark Ramsey, 21, of Silver Birch Place, Grimsby, were told their son had a type of cancer in his left kidney called Wilms' tumour.
Jack was transferred to Sheffield Children's Hospital where tests, a biopsy and chemotherapy began to help shrink the tumour before he could undergo surgery.
And earlier this year, the tumour and the whole of his kidney were removed in a five-and-a-half hour operation.
Now in remission, the brave tot has to go back to Sheffield Hospital every six weeks for the next two years for a check-up.
And on Sunday, Jade and Mark are hoping to net some vital funds through a charity football match and fun day.
Jade cannot thank medical staff at the hospital enough and to give something back, she is raising money for ward M3 – the cancer ward where Jack stayed.
She said: "They have kept my son alive and this is my way of showing how grateful I am.
"When Mark and I were told he had the cancer, my first thought was that I was going to lose my son, our world was tipped upside down.
"However, the care and support we received from the doctors and nurses was fantastic, they could not do enough for us.
"Jack is back to being a healthy baby boy but because he now only has the one kidney, we have to make sure he keeps it protected.
"We keep a close eye on him when playing so he does not fall over and injure himself. If he does, he needs to be checked over at Sheffield.
"It also means any colds he picks up will be twice as hard for him to fight off.
"There is the possibility that he will need a kidney transplant if the one he has left gets damaged in any way or if the tumour returns.
"Our fingers are just crossed that this never has to happen."
On Sunday several football matches will take place at Fulstow Pitches, near Louth.
Teams will be made up of Jade and Mark's family and friends.
The first match will kick off at noon but a fun day on the pitches will start at 11am.
Jack's nanna, Lynn Melin, 49, has helped her daughter organise the event.
She said: "Some of my work colleagues from Cooplands will be playing on the day.
"I have also put a donation bucket in each of the Cooplands stores across Grimsby for people to show their support.
"Jade and Mark have been so strong through all of this and I am very proud of them both.
"I hope people turn out to the event as there will be a raffle, tombola, cake stalls and more to enjoy."