I would like to introduce you to our friend Joe.
Last year Joe and his family received the diagnosis that we all fear, terminal cancer. He has a tumour in his oesophagus, which spread into his stomach, throat and lymph nodes. His consultant gave him months to live however 8 months on Joe is still fighting.
He has had 7 rounds of chemotherapy and 1 session of radiotherapy. Due to the type of tumour the chemotherapy really made him very sick. His first round of chemotherapy was between Christmas and New Year and sadly he was back in the hospital within 24 hours due to the consistent vomitting.
We were really lucky that he was discharged on New Years eve and we got to bring in the bells together.
It was after round 7 of chemotherapy Joe made the difficult decision to stop his treatment. He did not believe that the treatment was improving his quality of life and he wanted to be able to enjoy the rest of his life to the full.
When I say full he did not disappoint. He started with the God awful idea of jumping out of a perfectly good plane with his friend Phil.
After that Joe and his family hosted a coffee morning for Cancer Research. It helps that Joe's wife Emma is a super, awesome, amazing baker!
Then there was a trip to Donnington to World Super Bikes where he got to meet a few of the riders. A really big thanks to Andy and Amie and of course the Lowes twins for this experience.
So now let me tell you a little about Joe and his family.
Joe and Emma have been married since 2001 and have 2 daughters Chloe who is 18 and has literally just finished school and Layla who is 14 however is turning 15 very soon.
The Morgan's as they are affectionately called by us are an amazing family. Together they are going through the best and worst of life but no matter what is thrown at them they approach it with real dignity.
Emma has shown real strength throughout this truly devasting time in her life and that is also reflected in her daughters Chloe and Layla.
I have a huge amount of respect for the Morgan family; Joe continues to work for Timpsons despite the numerous different types of medication he has to take on a daily basis the newest being morphine to control the pain.
Emma continues to work as a Social Worker still helping others as she has always done. She is more at ease with being the helper than the helped.
Chloe has completed her final year at 6th Form and finished her course with numerous distinction awards. She has gone on not to get 1 job but 3!
Layla is still working hard at school and that never has faltered. She always is upbeat and positive except when she is hangry!
So now you know all of the Morgan's I would like to ask for your help.
The family would like to have once last holiday together.
Joe and Emma went to Cyprus for their honeymoon and then as a family some years later.
Joe really would like to return one more time.
Going on holiday was not a problem until it came to the travel insurance.
As you can see what they are being quoted is ridiculous and this is one of the cheaper quotes!
As I have previously mentioned the Morgan's have always been the helpers rather than the helped but on this occassion I am asking for your help to take the load.
If we can get 500 people to donate £5.00 then the family can pay for the travel insurance.
Just think you probably pay that for a sandwich and coffee at lunch.
The family would like to go on holiday in August so we would like to reach our goal by the 10th July.
If we reach the goal figure I am sure the family will share pictures with you of their holiday so you can see how much it means to all of them to be together on holiday in their favourite place ONE LAST TIME.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
- Trish Henderson
- Laura-Jane Rawlings
- Joanne Haynes
- Tessa Dawkins
Organizer and beneficiary
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