Leanne  H
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Joe Hogan: Fight against leukaemia

Leanne  H
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30 Aug 2013

Our world was turned upside down when we were told that our son Joe had ALL at the age of 2. This is the story of Joe's journey.

At the end of January 2010 we were told the devastating news that our beautiful 24 month old boy had Leukaemia.

Those were the words that were to turn our world upside down and change our lives forever. Joe had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and we were powerless to change this. His life would suddenly become very difficult and scary, 3 years and 5 months of tests, procedures, transfusions, chemotherapy, steroids, hair loss, pain and endless hospital stays.

Joe is 5 years old now and currently in remission, he has just finished maintenance chemotherapy June this year & despite all he has been through he is a happy boy and takes everything in his stride. He has spent much of his childhood in hospital, knows names of treatments and has names for his central lines. Nurses, doctors and others going through the same as us are known as his Oncology family.

There are times we thought we had lost our boy and other times we have watched another innocent child lose their fight, those moments will haunt us for the rest of our lives. We have spent the last 3 years and 5 months in a living nightmare but we are finally coming to the end of his treatment. Watching him fight cancer has changed our life forever and has taught us never to take anything for granted. We love our little soldier beyond words that can even begin to tell you how much and are so proud of him and so thankful for the years we have had with him. His strength and courage continue to amaze us and we know he will continue to fight as we are fighting with him, he is a very special boy.

Joe's bravery has inspired us to raise as much money as possible for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.  ALL is the only form of leukaemia that is more common in children than adults. Around 85% of cases of childhood leukaemia are ALL. The charity's life-saving research is focused on finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments, and running groundbreaking clinical trials for all blood cancer patients. In 1960 when Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was founded, a child diagnosed with leukaemia had almost no hope of survival. In 1985 only 20% of children survived the most common form of childhood leukaemia, now 90% survive this disease. But there are still children for whom the outlook is not so good and we need to make sure every child survives leukaemia. Thanks to the advances made in research over the last 50 years, nine out of ten children now survive the most common form of leukaemia, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

We are all too aware that over 50 years ago we would have lost our son if it had not been for advances of medicine through research and now that he is near the end of his fight we are hoping that by raising further funds for this charity we can contribute into helping them fulfil their aim to find a cure. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our personal experiences about blood cancer and our efforts to end it so that others do not have to go the experience of this with their loved ones. The goal is to increase blood cancer awareness, supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honour the taken and to raise money to help fund research into curing this deadly disease that Joe is a survivor of.

Comments

05.04.2014

End of Treatment Day!!! 12th June 2013

Anonymous
20.08.2014

I met you and your hubby couple years ago I raise funds in s-o-t my nephew died at 16 every year I do a big fundraiser this years theme is Masquerade Ball we would love for you and your family too come along !

Anonymous
20.08.2014

Hi Tracy,

Thank you. If you can send me the details (leanne23@hotmail.co.uk) I will see if we can make it

Leanne :-)