Jack Marshall
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Jack Marshall - My Story

Jack Marshall
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02 Feb 2015

“I have been introduced to leukaemia and lymphoma research by my best friend Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard on Emmerdale. I then researched this devastating, life threatening and all too often life limiting illness on the internet and I knew deep in my heart that this was the cause I just had to raise money for. The money I have raised is helping to fund recent research breakthroughs and I am convinced one day we WILL beat this disease."

Jack is 16 years old and was born with a rare neurological condition called moebius syndrome. Jack is blind in one eye, and has moderate hearing loss in both ears and wears dual hearing aids. He has no brain damage as such other than a cerebellum which is a third of the size of the average person's, this drastically affects his balance and co-ordination. Coupled with a deformity to his right knee, foot and hip, it was originally thought that Jack would never walk. Due to his lack of co-ordination he is unable to walk unaided but challenges himself to fundraise in a variety of ways that the average person would not considering participating in.

Jack, along with a group of our closest friends and family, has managed to climb; the Yorkshire three Peaks, Scarfell and Snowdon and he has his sights set on a charity climb of striding edge. He has participated in a number of junior runs and recently has moved into wheelchair racing.

"I have been introduced to leukaemia and lymphoma research by my best friend Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard on Emmerdale. I then researched this devastating, life threatening and all too often life limiting illness on the internet and I knew deep in my heart that this was the cause I just had to raise money for. The money I have raised is helping to fund recent research breakthroughs and I am convinced one day we WILL beat this disease."

Planned in 2015

1. Charity ball in Scunthorpe

2. Launching the media campaign 'One 'L' of a smile'

3. Wheelchair races- training and identifying FLAT wheel chair races. I'm not ready for the hills yet! LOL!!
Striding Edge

4. Power chair football tournament

5. Parachute jump!

Take part in #Smiles4Jack

Comments

04.02.2015

Jack/Linda,

Thank you so much for sharing Jack's incredible story which I think proves he is anything but ordinary! He's incredible and we're so lucky to have him as one of our supporters and will be doing everything we can to help him with #Smiles4Jack.