Jacob's story

Jacob is 15 years old and lives with his mother, father and five siblings. In January 2017, he was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), which is supported by World Child Cancer.

Following treatment, he was discharged and returned home but soon after, Jacob began to suffer from severe headaches. Jacob’s mother, Brenda, knew something was not right so she took him back to hospital where it was confirmed that he had suffered a relapse.

Whilst Brenda stays at the hospital with Jacob, her five other children stay at home with their father. Having to look after the children whilst Brenda stays at the hospital means Jacob’s father is unable to work resulting in the family losing out on valuable income whilst still having to pay for accommodation and living costs at hospital.

World Child Cancer supports some of the poorest and most vulnerable families in the world. Many families earn under £2 and the costs of having a child with cancer can push them further into poverty. We help families to maintain an income and support treatment costs to help more families like Jacob’s.

Jacob cannot wait to go back to school as he would like to study medicine to become a doctor like Dr George Chagaluka, Malawi’s only paediatric oncologist whose training was supported by World Child Cancer. One day he would like to help other children with cancer and give them the same chance that he had.

You can give the gift of growing up by donating today, just £100 could cover six months' of transport costs to and from hospital for a child with cancer.