Appeal to fund boy’s cancer treatment

Jago Jones has a rare brain tumour
Jago Jones has a rare brain tumour

Jago’s story touches hearts, reports James Cracknell

More than £45,000 has been raised in just a few weeks for a five-year-old boy diagnosed with a rare cancer.

Bowes Park School pupil Jago Jones has an incurable brain tumour called a ‘diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma’ (DIPG) – which has less than a 1% survival rate. Most die within eight months.

Jago lives with mum Gabriele and twin sister Imogen in Warwick Road. Gabriele is now trying to raise £450,000 to pay for private treatment in Switzerland, which she hopes will extend his life.

Gabriele said: “Life was perfect for me and my five-year-old twins, Jago and Imogen, until 16th April when Jago was diagnosed with an inoperable, non-curative brain cancer, called DIPG. No child survives.

“We opted for a clinical trial in Switzerland to help extend his life – but the cost is huge. I couldn’t do this without help, so I set up a GoFundMe page for Jago and so far the response has been amazing. I’m overwhelmed by people’s kindness, generosity and positivity.

“We live in an amazing neighbourhood and a wonderful friend of mine, Sarah, has been sharing her support, network and social media expertise.

“But even though the response is fantastic, the target is enormous so we need to keep sharing Jago’s story far and wide to get the best outcome for my little boy.”

To make a donation to help Jago:
Visit gofundme.com/f/j8gtg-dipg