Thomas Preston
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Jack Groom's story

Thomas Preston
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Thomas Preston
16 Dec 2011

Jack Groom, now 10, was just five years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

Jack’s mum, Linda, took him to see a doctor after an infection caused by an insect bite failed to clear up.

Linda says: “It was a very difficult time. I’d just lost my father to multiple myeloma, another blood cancer, so to learn Jack was in danger was awful.”
Jack unfortunately experienced some rare side-effects to chemotherapy. The punishing treatment has damaged the nerves in Jack's legs leaving him unable to walk for long periods, so he uses a wheelchair to travel long distances.

Jack also recently discovered himself that he has testicular cancer – a direct result of his successful treatment for leukaemia. Linda says: “It was a huge shock but we always knew secondary cancers were a high risk for Jack.” He is currently undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.

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