On September the 11th, 2019 my best friend Jak was diagnosed with three serious artery compressions - May Thurner Syndrome, Nutcracker Syndrome and MALS.
These compression diseases starve organs like your bowel, kidneys, testis and even brain of blood, and create abnormally high pressure in the arteries. This is devastating for sufferers - rendering them unable to eat, drink, exercise or do much at all without experiencing severe, debilitating pain. He has been completely robbed of the normal, healthy life he deserves.
Jak has helped me through more than i can even say. Anyone who knows him will tell you his character fills the whole room. He is (normally) full of life and charisma, and is an inspiration in countless people's lives. Especially mine.
I have watched Jak fight through pain everyday and loose two stone in weight over the past 18 month. He has had his fitness career, social life and music career snatched away from him one by one.
Jak has persevered through this pain and put together £2000 entirely on his own to get a specialist diagnosis in Germany. This was a last resort as i have watched the UK health system dismiss him time and time again.
The outcome of this testing in Germany was that an operation could give Jak a normal life back. This operation will release his arteries from the damaging compression they are under. He will be able to eat, socialise, and move around without pain for the first time in years. More importantly (and i'm sure he'd agree this was the most important) Jak will be able to resume pursuing his dream - his music career.
The operation will cost 30,000 Euros and will need to be performed in Germany.
I want to make sure Jak gets this second chance at life. Please help me give my best friend his life back.
Here is a documentary about Jak’s condition from 2019 - https://youtu.be/zFGLCHZF3n4
Ps. If the surgery is not possible for whatever reason - the funds will be used on pursuing alternative treatment for Jak, or medication etc to help him live as normally as possible.
If there is excess money donated past our goal number, the extra money will be kept aside for potential costs such as reoperation (if necessary), accommodation and travel surrounding the journey. ♥️⚡️
- Lainya Craig
- Tracy Rogers
- Harley Lamb
- Nicola Smith
Fundraising team: Team Shoshin (3)
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