Sunday, 16 October 2011

Tribute to little Jack – hero of Prem stars

HE was the brave little lad who planted a kiss on Wayne Rooney's head.
And yesterday, as tributes poured in for six-year-old Jack Marshall — who has died from a brain tumour — the Man Utd star was one of a host of Twitter followers to send his condolences.

Reds fan Jack visited the team's training ground in April and told the footballer: "I'd like to kiss you, Wayne. I think you are the best footballer in the world."

Defender Rio Ferdinand had organised the trip for the boy and his parents, Tracey and Craig, after hearing about his plight. Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just four.

The news of his tragic death on Thursday was announced on Twitter.

The message from his parents said: "Covered in his beloved Man Utd blanket and snuggled in Tracey's arms, Jack decided that in true Manchester United fashion 'he'd do what he wants' for the final time and passed away peacefully with us, his family, at his side... We are all devastated, but take comfort in the fact that Jack lived life to the full right up to the very end."

During his treatment he endured a major op and gruelling bouts of chemo and radiotherapy without complaint.

Last night dad Craig, from Scunthorpe, said: "The way Jack dealt with his disease and smiled and just carried on with everything inspired everybody who met him."

Celebrities' Tweets

@JackWilshere: Sad day, privileged to have known little @Jack_Marshall_ thoughts with his family, will be missed by so many!

@ColeenRoo: Good night godbless. My thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends.

@WayneRooney: So sorry for the loss of little jack. He really touched me and my deepest sympathy is with u all. RIP jack. A true hero.

@rioferdy5: So sorry to hear he passed away, brave kid.

@serenawilliams: I am so happy I met you. Today is sad for me. You were a brave kid. I love u always.

By kate Jackson The Sun

13.10.2011 RIP Jackamo we love you

At 11am this morning (Thursday 13th October) the world changed forever. Covered in his beloved Man Utd blanket and snuggled in Tracey’s arms, Jack decided that in true Manchester United fashion “He’d do what he wants” for the final time and passed away peacefully with us, his family, at his side. He is now laid on his bed at our side, dressed in his Man Utd kit, with Snowman and Meerkat laying with him. We are all devastated, but take comfort in the fact that Jack lived life to the full right up to the very end. We are so very proud of Jack and the way he dealt with his disease, with a smile and a glint in his eye. Thank you, everyone of #jacksarmy for all your help and support so far. #RIPJackamoWELOVEYOUxx


Why Jack Wilshere took brave Jack Marshall to his heart By Oliver Holt

Why Jack Wilshere took brave Jack Marshall to his heart

By Oliver Holt
Published 21:00 11/10/11

Maybe it is because he has encountered tragedy in his life before that Jack Wilshere has done what he has done for little Jack Marshall and his family.

Maybe it is because Wilshere’s uncle, a young man who was more like a brother to him, was killed in a car crash at just 16.

“I had just played my first game for England Schoolboys and I was so happy and so thrilled,” Wilshere says.

“Then we got the news. My uncle was a passenger in a car that went out of control. It was the worst thing that has ever happened to me.”

Or perhaps it’s because the Arsenal midfielder, the brightest young talent in English football, has known since the start of the year that he was to become a father himself.

Perhaps it’s because since his son, Archie, was born a fortnight ago, he has understood even more keenly how precious the gift of life is.

“When we got Archie,” Wilshere says, “it made me realise even more what Jack’s family are going through.

“Everyone hopes that what has happened to Jack will never happen to their kid.

“All I wanted was for Archie to be healthy when he was born but I still worry about him all the time, anyway.

“We check him over and over again at night. What’s happened to Jack is every parent’s worst nightmare.”

What happened to Jack Marshall, a beautiful, brave, loving child who has touched many, many people with his courage and his cheerfulness, was a brain tumour.

A tumour that transformed him from a carefree little boy obsessed with football in general and Manchester United in particular to a six-year-old kid clinging desperately to life.

What happened to him is that after surviving an operation to remove the primary tumour, he learned to walk again by tottering after a football sent by Sir Alex Ferguson.

What happened to him is that the brain tumour, a form of cancer which kills more kids in the UK than any other variation of the disease, began growing and spreading again.

And six months ago, the hospital sent him back to his home in Scunthorpe and told his parents, Tracey and Craig, and his elder brother Josh, 12, that Jack would be dead within days.

So while Tracey and Craig have been trapped in a living hell, Jack has defied the doctors’ predictions by fighting on and on.

And his parents have devoted every moment to caring for him, trying to make every day special for him, while they watch him fade.

To add to their anguish and for reasons only the kids involved could explain, some local boys have begun to bully Josh since his brother became ill.

A couple of months ago, he was beaten up in the local park while he was playing football.

Many people in sport have been kind. Rio Ferdinand helped to arrange a visit for Jack and his family to the Manchester United training ground.

Wayne Rooney has worn a Jack Marshall wristband to raise awareness of the prevalence of brain tumours and encourage their early detection.

And Serena Williams organised tickets for Jack and his family to meet her at Wimbledon in the summer and watch her play.

Wilshere, though, has been a constant. He might be 19 but he has behaved with the kind of care that most people only discover later in life.

I have visited Jack Marshall and sat at his bedside and it is not comfortable seeing a child enduring such suffering.

It is difficult emotionally, particularly if you have never been close to that kind of pain and misfortune.

The easy thing, particularly for a teenager with the football world at his feet, would be to turn away, to keep the kid at arm’s length. But Wilshere didn’t do that. He became aware of Jack’s plight through Twitter but he didn’t stop at supportive tweets or expressions of concern.

When Jack Marshall and his family made the journey south to watch the tennis at Wimbledon, Wilshere and his mum, Kerry, met them later in their trip and spent a day with them.

“My mum cried the whole way home,” Wilshere says. “There was something about Jack. It’s obvious, I suppose, but his strength in adversity was inspiring.”

Wilshere kept in touch. Aware that the family desperately needed a break from the strain of their day-to-day struggle, he invited them to watch Arsenal in the pre-season Emirates Cup at the end of July.

They went to Wilshere’s house for a barbeque and met Wilshere’s dad, Andy, too. They joked with Wilshere about the sleepless nights he was about to endure with the arrival of his baby.

Their own sleepless nights are different. They get up with their boy in the early hours, too, to give him medicine that keeps him alive. His wakefulness is limited now. Every time Wilshere sees him, he notices Jack is less and less able to talk.

Little Jack sleeps most of the day. His world is contracting as Wilshere’s opens up before him.

In mid-August, Wilshere invited Jack and his family down to London again for the Champions League qualifier against Udinese.

And then, when he heard about what was happening to Josh, Wilshere and a friend made the journey up to Scunthorpe and took him to the park to watch him kick a football around.

The kid who beat Josh up was there. His mouth dropped open when he saw him hanging out with the man who is tipped by Alan Shearer to be England captain one day.

Josh had been scared to go back to the park after what had happened to him but since Wilshere’s visit, he’s been heading over there regularly.

“Josh is only 12,” Wilshere says. “No kid should have to endure what he’s been going through. His brother’s brave and he’s brave, too.”

Tracey Marshall finds it hard to express how much gratitude she feels towards Wilshere.

She says she has tried to tell him the difference he has made to their lives but she’s not sure she’s got her message across.

“Josh will come home and say ‘can I give Jack a ring’,” Tracey says. “If Jack’s busy, he’ll explain to him and say he will call him back. And he always calls back. For me, that is a little bit of light in all this darkness.

“Jack Wilshere has done more for us than he will ever know. He has pulled us through many weeks.

“When he invited us to London, he gave us the reason and the means to get out of the house and just have a few days away as a family. I have told him how much it means to us but I’m not sure if he realises properly. I can’t put into words what he has done.

“He chose to do this. He did not have to agree to meet up with us. Seeing a little child very poorly is not easy. He does not have to do it.

“He could have looked away. Some people pretend our Jack is just not there but Jack Wilshere has never done that.

“We have seen Josh come in from school really upset and down because of what’s going on. And then Jack has rung and suddenly he has a massive smile on his face. I can’t do that for him but Jack can.”

Wilshere has a tattoo on his wrist as a tribute to the uncle who was like a brother to him. “James Marshall 1990-2006”, it says.

“The name’s a strange coincidence,” Wilshere says.

Maybe it’s another reason why he has taken the little boy and his family to his heart.

But the truth is the reason doesn’t really matter.

What matters is that an England footballer who didn’t need to help has given comfort to a family who found it where they least expected it.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Twitter/Facebook picture for the day! Thank you BT AWARE

Tomorrow 23rd September 2011 will be 6 months since we brought @Jack_Marshall_ home after being told the shocking news his cancer had come back and was terminal we were told he would probably not see out that weekend back in March 2011 today Jack is STILL fighting and has done us so proud.
Please today can I ask you make this picture ABOVE of Jack your Avatar Picture(taken while visiting London, having fought Jack has given us wonderful memories with him, more than we could of hoped for)

Please can You also tweet this " Ive changed my picture for 48hrs to raise Brain Tumour awareness on behalf of @Jack_Marshall_ You can too: #jacksarmy "

Can I ask that #JacksArmy use this picture tomorrow, Friday and Saturday as their avatar and help us raise Brain Tumour awareness over the whole of Twitter and Facebook?

Thank you for your constant messages of support to Jack and my family! #Jack6MonthsOnStillGoingStrong #Notgoingdownwithoutafight

Monday, 5 September 2011

The Jack Marshall Story by James Calvert

Jack Marshall’s plight and the campaign to raise money to help other children survive cancer has brought out another side of players like Rio Ferdinand (left), Wayne Rooney (centre) and Jack Wilshere (right). Photos: AFP


There are a lot of things about modern-day football that make me uneasy – ticket prices, player wages, hooliganism and Manchester City’s owners to name but a few.
Rarely a month – if not a week, day or hour – goes by without hearing of something that makes me feel less and less emotionally involved with the game.
However, there is also another side to football. A side that has been around probably since the game was first invented. A side that goes a long way towards redressing the balance in football’s favour.
Here is a story about that more acceptable facet of the game that I felt compelled to share with you. A story about a boy called Jack Marshall.
Six-year-old Jack has terminal cancer. Despite his best efforts to fight the disease over the past two years, it has spread and the brain tumour is now incurable.
Despite their heartache, his parents – and I can’t even begin to imagine the hell they are going through – have launched a campaign to raise money to buy scanning equipment for early diagnosis so other children may have a better chance of surviving.
It is this campaign, combined with the Jack’s plight, that has brought out a side of football that warms the heart and proves there is still a lot of good to be found in the game.
Jack is, to put it mildly, an absolutely fanatical Manchester United supporter. He simply adores everything about the team. And that has prompted a magnificent response from the club, who invited the boy to spend the day with them at their Carrington training base despite the fact that he was bedridden.
The image of Jack laid in his bed asking Wayne Rooney to come closer so he could give him a kiss for “being the best player in the world” is one that makes me tear up every time I think about it. Even now.
The visit was organised by Rio Ferdinand, a player who never shies away from getting stuck in to good causes. And full credit to Rooney, who you could tell was involved because he genuinely wanted to be.
Even before that visit, Sir Alex Ferguson had already arranged for a box of United memorabilia to be waiting for Jack when he returned home from one of his major operations. And it was by using a football signed by United that the lad defied doctors and learnt to walk all over again.
But, and this is where the story really warms the heart, it isn’t just Manchester United, their players and Sir Alex who have rallied round.
It is the whole of English football.
Wolves fans, for example, have carried a huge banner with Jack’s name on it to games so he could see it on television as he watched from his bed. A simple but significant gesture and a reminder that people are thinking about him.
Another fan went to every match last season shirtless, no matter what the weather, to raise money for the Jack Marshall Fund, while Norwich City supporters started a fantasy football league to help generate cash.
The list goes on. There is hardly a football club in the country that has not done something or other to either make Jack’s life more comfortable or raise awareness of a disease that afflicts one in every 2,500 children.
But even more touching is the response of one player in particular: Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere. Although many, myself included, would expect a young millionaire like Wilshere to have ‘better’ things to do with his life, he has befriended Jack Marshall in a way that is extremely touching.
We are not talking about something done for publicity purposes here, but a genuine friendship that has grown and blossomed between the two Jacks – one with a whole glittering life ahead of him and the other with possibly weeks or days to live.
Big Jack takes little Jack out, invites him and his family around to his house, spends his free time at little Jack’s house playing Playstation and watching games and even helps out packing up the fund-raising wristbands which are now being worn by players.
And let’s not forget that Big Jack plays for Arsenal, not Manchester United. I’m not saying that should make a difference, of course, but it makes the friendship that less likely to have developed.
Rarely a day goes by without Jack Wilshere tweeting about his young friend, which I am sure has contributed in no small way to gaining little Jack more than 60,000 followers on the micro blogging site.
I read an article somewhere describing how football had always been Jack Marshall’s life. The first time he learnt to walk, he did so by kicking a football round the house. The second time too.
Now, in the latter stages of a young life that is being so cruelly cut short, football is trying to give a little something back to the boy.
As a game, football has its faults. Oh so many of them. But there is also something about it and the people that follow it that can inspire and give hope.
It’s too late for little Jack now. All that can be done is make him happier and more comfortable during the time he has left.
But if this groundswell of sympathy and support from the football world can save just one child like Jack in the future, then it will prove there is a power to football that goes far beyond what happens on the pitch.
If you want to follow little Jack on Twitter he is @Jack_Marshall_ or alternatively check out or facebook Jack Marshall Brain Tumour Fund

written by James Calvert

Tracey's own picture of Jack with brother Josh whom also helps us raise brain tumour awareness
to see online article please follow this link below Thank you
Twitter: @maltablade

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Jacks been home nearly 6 months! UPDATE

As it is coming up to 6 months since we brought home Jack that day I thought it appropriate to update you all!
When we came home on the 23rd March 2011 with Jack it was the hardest thing we ever did, Jacks brain tumour had come back and spread across his brain and down his spine! All I new is that I wanted him home with US his family for cuddles and laughter and smiles! Jack was very poorly in this picture and we were told he would not survive the weekend! We were absolutley devastated I got in the ambulance a medicine in each hand to give to jack if needed in the ambulance if he was in pain or had a seizure I had to give it!! The staff (some in tears) waved us off for the last time!

we arrived home in the ambulance and as we came in through the door i asked Jack where he wanted to be in the house, "In the front room to play on the Wii mum" We continued as a family looking for memories to remember, Jack Wilshere and his family have been amazing and because of them we have had some GREAT memories and made some really TRUE friends! Considering our circumstance we have had some amazing times with Jack over the last 6 months because of some other AMAZING people too!! And from there on in he seemed to get better! the hospital we left for the last time we went back to for an MRI when we were 4 MONTHS in!! the MRI showed the disease had spread further and the consultant was surprised that he wasn't more symptomatic, palliative care was to continue and I was told when i questioned us going away after the MRI "Tracey, in palliative care, they live until they day" and I will NEVER forget that?! And we benefited from that!
We have faced and continue to face difficult hard decisions(understatement) every single day but Jack helps us with a smile every step of the way to make the right ones!:)

Now today nearly 6 months in, he is comfortable.We were told the other day that that his bone marrow is becoming affected as the cancer has spread more! which could lead to low platelet count and blood, bleeding,and other things to awful to write,(to see symptoms of low blood/platelet counts please look on internet) they will NOT transfuse Jack but only offer us support so WE can manage his symptoms (that for US as parent is a hard pill to swallow, we have to sit back wait and witness his decline in this way!!) They are not sure how this could effect Jack in other ways as the hospital has not seen a case before were a child has lived so long after coming home in the circumstance we did! We are not sure how long Jack has left, maybe weeks but the medicines we are needing to give Jack could change that in a minute so we are still making the most of every day!
Thank you for all your support shown to Jack and my family along the way, see you on twitter of facebook or here!?? pl also go to to get a Jack marshall brain tumour awareness wristband

NOW, jACK AND I, Jack is still fighting nearly 6 months later, even now when everything else has left him he is STILL smiling! We are so proud of him and the brain tumour awareness he has raised by smiling, being brave, caring, loving and having a fantastic sense of humour, through the awful treatment he has had to have! he is way beyond his 6 years of age! Love you Jack 100, 5,4 kisses as you would say!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Jack in The Daily Mirror Raising awareness 21st June 2011

Meet Jack Marshall: the five year-old with cancer whose bravery has United all football fans

Little Jack Marshall is lying in his bed in the front room of his parents' house.

His head is resting on a Manchester United pillow case. He is wearing his Manchester United shirt.

A giant United flag covers the wall behind him. His mum and dad put it up for the Champions League final last month and they have not been able to bring themselves to take it down.

Jack is five years old but because of the severity of the treatment he has endured for the cancer that is killing him, he can only speak in a whisper.

So when I ask him who his favourite player is, I can see his eyes sparkle but I have to kneel beside him to hear his answer.

"Rooney," he says. "When I met him, I told him he was the best player in the world. And I asked if I could give him a kiss."

Rooney bowed his head low that day a few weeks ago at United's Carrington training ground so that the brave little boy's wish could be granted.

But then football has brought Jack joy throughout his short life. It fills many of his family's happiest memories of him.

He learned to walk by kicking a football. His mum, Tracey, held him by his hands as he staggered round the house as a toddler, swinging his foot at a ball then tottering after it and kicking it again.

Then there was the time his parents took him and his older brother, Josh, to Old Trafford to watch his first game against Blackburn Rovers when he was three.

Jack rode down Sir Matt Busby Way on the shoulders of his dad, Craig, and even though it was a cold December night, he refused point blank to wear a jumper over his United shirt.

Craig and Tracey worried that people were looking at the shivering little lad and thinking they were bad parents but Jack was so proud of that shirt, he wouldn't let it be covered up.

At home in Scunthorpe, he lived for football even then. He went to the local Footy Monsters kids' group every week without fail.

The coaches there said they had never seen a little boy who loved the game so much.

Even after all their lives changed in October 2009, somehow it was football that brought them the most comfort.

Jack kept waking in the night, being sick. The doctors thought it was a virus. It kept happening. They still thought it was a virus. Then, one day, Jack lost the use of his legs.

So he had a scan and they discovered he had a brain tumour and an aggressive form of cancer that had already spread to his spine.

He survived a 10-hour operation to remove the primary tumour. Then he had to endure drastic chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment to try to stop the disease raging.

While he was recovering from the trauma of the operation, the doctors made special arrangements for him and his family to watch a United-Chelsea game on the television.

"It meant we could just sit as a family and watch something Jack loved," Craig said. "It brought some normality to the most extreme of abnormal situations."

When Jack was finally allowed to go back home to Scunthorpe, still desperately ill and unable to walk, there was a surprise waiting for him.

His mum and dad had met Sir Alex Ferguson at the Tankersley Manor Hotel in South Yorkshire while they were having a couple of hours away from the hospital.

United were there preparing for a Carling Cup tie against Barnsley and Sir Alex had spoken to Tracey about Jack and asked for her address.

When Jack was wheeled back into the house, there was a box of United paraphernalia sent by Sir Alex. Amongst it, there was a football with the club crest emblazoned on it.

So Jack learned to walk all over again, using the same method he had used as a toddler.

This time, he had a walker, a kind of mini Zimmer frame, and he chased that United football all over the house until he could stand unaided again.

"He used that football every single day in his rehab," Tracey said, "because it had the United crest on it. His physios used to joke with him about it all the time."

By March this year, Jack had been brought so low by the cancer that doctors told Tracey and Craig he only had a couple of days left to live.

He came home again to the bed in the front room and the television and the football. And the couple of days turned into weeks and now the weeks have turned into months.

And as Jack lay there, surrounded by the love of his family, football began to give something back to the little boy who had given so much to it.

United have acted with great class, helping to organise the training ground visit in mid-April. Ryan Giggs, in particular, went out of his way to be kind to Jack.

Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and many others have helped to grow him an army of nearly 40,000 followers on Twitter and publicise the fact that brain tumours kill more children than any other form of cancer.

Jack Wilshere has shown a maturity and a concern beyond his years, staying in touch with Jack and his family and wearing a wristband to draw attention to fund-raising efforts on little Jack's behalf. Rooney wore the wristband, too.

Wolves fans took a huge banner with Jack's name on it to games so that Jack could see it as he lay in front of the television. The banner was signed by Mick McCarthy and the Wolves side and given to Jack as a gift.

And then there have been the messages on Twitter, from United fans, from Liverpool fans, from Manchester City fans, from fans of every team.

"People have written to us," Tracey says, "saying that they would never have believed it but they had found themselves wanting United to win because they knew it would make Jack happy."

The end of the season was hard for the family. It showed that time was passing and sometimes all Craig and Tracey want is for time to stand still.

They have poured as much energy as they can spare into raising awareness, highlighting the fact that 1 in every 2500 children will develop a brain tumour and that the UK has only a 14% five-year survival rate.

Now that the Premier League season is over, Jack watches MUTV and recordings of old matches, the England U21s, whatever snippets of football he can catch.

He is a beautiful child, still sweet-tempered and loving despite all the agonies he has been through, still blowing kisses to his mum's helper when she pops her head round the door to say goodbye.

Sometimes he wears an expression of heart-breaking solemnity as though he cannot quite believe his life has been stolen from him like this.

Sometimes, if you talk when he is trying to watch Peppa Pig, for instance, it is replaced by a flash of indignation. Sometimes, there are glimpses of the dashing, carefree kid he used to be.

When I have to go, I kneel by his bed again and confess to him that I once went to watch City regularly as well as United.

Jack's eyes widen. "I don't like Manchester City," he whispers. And then he smiles.

To learn more about brain tumour awareness go to or follow Jack on Twitter @Jack_Marshall_

Written by Oliver Holt Mirror 21/06/2011

To see comments left please follow this link

Friday, 15 July 2011

When Jack went to Carrington Training Ground, April 2011

Jack and us went to Carrington and met the Manchester United players back in April. The boys had a great day!
Rio, Wayne, Hernandez & Ryan, just some of the Manchester United players we met that day, Thank you for making us feel welcome.

Us with Ryan Giggs

The boys with Javier Hernandez

5am in the morning but Jack WAS ready to go!!

Us with Wayne Rooney Jacks hero! Jack awoke to Wayne stood by his bed, *breath in shocked* "Roooooney" Jack said "Guess what?......You're the best footballer in the whooooole world" Well, NOT a dry eye in the house!

Us with Rio Ferdinand

Jack went to Carrington and met a few of the players back in April. The boys had a great day!

Monday, 11 July 2011

When Jack Wilshere met Jack Marshall in London


Our time has been fab, we never wanted to come home, we all agree a move to London when we win the lottery and also a proton therapy machine with more MRI machines throughout the country, and the list goes on!

This week we also got to meet Jack Wilshere and his mum we had a wonderful relaxed day!

The tiger stared constantly at Jack.The zoo was good.
Jack was also chuffed that he found Nemo and Dori
And the London Eye we agree also was amazing!

Thumbs up from Jack

Jack and the Tiger

2 Jacks, Jack Marshall & Jack Wilshere spent hours together

Jack was chuffed we finally found Nemo and Dori

The London Eye was breathtaking

When Jack Marshall met Serena Williams at Wimbledom


We have as you know been "Making Memories" over the last couple of weeks! Here is our first trip away where we visited Serena Williams. Here are some pictures.

Jack and I in our room, he was really impressed we could see the London Eye (Big wheel) from our room!

We walked to Buckingham Palace

We finally got to meeting Rachel Brookes SSN

Jack loved watching Serena play I even had to tell him to shhh a little he was shouting that loud at her

We had a great day meeting Serena She gave us a reason to leave the house and go to london were we made GREAT WONDERFUL memories! Lovely to meet Serena

An update on Jack Health 11/07/2011

Good Evening #jacksarmy How are you all? I saw 5am with Jack this morning. He seemed wide awake we said nothing to each other except for a couple of quiet "I love yous" I watched him go back to sleep. This morning I got up and ran a bath for him, I changed his dressing, He loves his bath! Seemed to be much brighter, I fed him some Tangerines which he enjoyed, got him dressed into his footie kit given to us by Craig and clare. Thought he was doing really well, but alas midday started to get sleepy again. Outreach nurse came today not seen her for a couple of weeks so had a good catch up and replenishment of stock! The consultant has now been consulted and the outcome of Jacks tiredness appears to be a combination of things a busy couple of weeks, general anaesthetic,higher dose of two medications, but also the ever spreading disease through his spine and brain as the cells double more and more, the consultant as we know did say from the last scan he would of expected Jack to be more symptomatic! And one of the many tumours Jack has has started to grow near the hole which they put in his 3rd ventricle, to realieve fluid, so there is a potential blockage eventually! We are not sure if he is seeing properly and is becoming more stiff, using his right arm less and less! Steroids have been mentioned but they want to use them when Jack has more accute symptoms, I know!! So for now we are sitting tight(er) please keep up the #jacksarmy spirit of support as I am still reading tweets to Jack like I have done throughout! Thank you x

Sunday, 12 June 2011

10 Brain tumour facts

1. Brain Tumours KILL more children and adults (under 40) than ANY other cancer.

2. 16,000 men, women and children are diagnosed with a Brain Tumour every year.

3. In the UK the 5yr survival rate for Brain Tumours are only 14 per cent compared to 50 per cent for other cancers.

4. Of the £420m per year spent on cancer research, less than 1 per cent is spent on Brain Tumour research.

5. Much of the money raised by volunteers for the larger cancer charities is spent on “senior exec” salaries, real estate, PR, marketing and advertising.

6. Results based funding has driven some cancer charities to research cancers which are already treatable rather than “risk” researching difficult cancers such as Brain Tumours.

7. Cancer Research UK’s CEO earned in excess of £250,000 in 2008/9.

8. The UK’s Brain Tumour detection and diagnosis rate trails way behind that of America. (Who’s medical care is business driven (privately insured) where money is no object and imaging equipment is available in almost every hospital)

9. Early detection and diagnosis is currently the most effective way to improve Brain Tumour treatment and survival. MRI is the best way to detect a tumour whilst it is small. A small tumour that hasn’t spread is much easier for the doctors to treat.

10. If you are raising money because you have been affected by a Brain Tumour and wish to fund research to help others, choose your charity carefully. Unless you choose a charity which specifically funds research into Brain Tumours (such as or to name a couple) more than 98 per cent of the money you raise will be spent elsewhere, rather than being spent on Brain Tumours.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Why I want Jack to trend on Twitter #jackmarshall & why #ff is Important

I have thought so hard to think of a way to make Jack trend because to us Jacks family making Jack trend means raising brain tumour awareness, that has always been very important to us throughout Jacks illness. What do I say about Jack in a short hashtag moment? There are not enough words to express why I want Jack to trend worldwide. My son Jack 5 was brought home terminally ill with brain/spine cancer a couple of months ago, we were told that weekend it would happen, but some months down the line he still smiles every day and every morning I ask him “how ya feeling hon” He says “fine…….Mum…Guess what? I love you” it may be 64 kisses or 184, Who knows, but every single day, several times a day he says “I love you” to one of us! Everyday we get our strength from Jack, we continue through this uncertain time we face (the length of which we do not know) with smiles laughter and love because of Jack! And people have been inspired to do Great things because of Jack! Quite simply Jack Marshall is full of love, fun, laughter, caring, thoughtfulness, charming, warrior, dedicated, amazing, strong, brave, determined, unforgettable, gorgeous, smiles, understanding, tolerance, My hero, Inspirational, and raising brain tumour awareness, raising awareness means early diagnosis = saving lives. This is why I want to dedicate this hashtag to Jack #jackmarshall and hope that you can pass it on as to why! And not only that to tell him that everyone on Twitter is talking about him will add another smile to this already smilers face, and to us that is priceless!! thank you Good Luck for The weekend Tracey, Jacks mum and Jack

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Recently watching Jack work his magic

I sat the other morning and watched three grown nurses stand at the bottom of Jacks bed (in the living room) hanging on his every word, giggling like school girls as he talked to them. Flashing his eyebrows and winking at them! That's Jack the charmer I have been in hospital with Jack when he has told nurses that they "are beautiful" and "his best girl"

Last night I got into bed at 1am, and while still very sleep Jack grabbed my hand and kissed it!
Jacks health is stable at this time but that doesn't mean for him/us things won't change horribly quickly if medicines are needed to be given.

But for now..... we Still have the pleasure of Jacks smiles and humour and utter bravery every single day! And the honour of spending these precious days with him!
Which could be days, weeks or months?.......

An update on my amazing Jack 20/05/2011

Here's and update! We had Jacks consultant come to the house yesterday to see Jack, not quite what we had foreseen after being told that news all those weeks ago!
He wasnt walked a lot since we came home from hospital, without support. He did however with lots of help a few weeks ago stand in the hallway and kick a ball. But his legs have stopped working over the last week or two.....

Jacks health however is stable the steroids have worked there magic and he is enjoying every single day and so are we, with laughter, joy, fun, dvd's, marshmallows, milky bars (cringe, diet) but, Hey! He's still eating for the first time in 19 months consistently!And we laugh every single day!!

Tracey, Jacks mum x

Twitter @Jack_Marshall_ - raising awareness
Facebook Jack Marshall Brain Tumour Fund - raising awareness

23rd March 2011 The Devastating news...

It is with great sorrow and much sadness to inform you that on Wednesday the 23rd March 2011 Craig and I, were give the devastating news that Jacks cancer had come back. There are lesions over his brain and the cancer cells have spread down his spine (leaving him for the 4th time in his short life unable to walk). Joshua, Jacks brother has been told (we have never kept anything from him) and he is equally devastated. We are very proud of both our sons, and the way they have both dealt with Jacks illness, we have a great network of family and friends, with whom we are eternally grateful for their support and friendship throughout Jacks illness and undoubtedly afterwards.

My heart breaks in two, but also bursts with pride as I think of how many peoples hearts Jack has touched and won with his continued smiles, laughter, strength, courage, bravery and dignity, through his illness and it is that which has helped us make the hardest and most difficult decision we have ever had to make, yet we know it’s the right decision.

On Thursday 24th March 2011 we brought Jack home for the last time, to be in familiar surroundings.

As I write this I look upon Jack who is sleeping peacefully and comfortable at this moment in time and we hope that this continues, we have been told weeks, but as the hours go by this looks more like it will be days. Over the last couple of days we have seen small glimmers of Jack, for example at 6am this morning Craig (Jacks dad), myself (Jacks mum) and nanny were sat around him he said, “guess what?” “I love my nanny, and I love my dad and I love all my family and all my friends…..” and fell back to sleep.
Just yesterday morning when he had not said anything for hours or opened his eyes, he started singing “Glory Glory Man United, Glory glory………..” Well there wasn't a dry eye in the house and last night he came out with his all time classic, With clenched fist and a tiny smile he said “dya wanna piece of me?”

These moments are becoming fewer and will continue to do so into the next phase. They will be followed by a coma and then, well I don’t need to say……………………

Jack Marshall Brain Tumour Fund

Jack Marshall is 5 years old. He is a fun, caring boy with a fantastic sense of humour, who loves his friends and family very much. Three weeks after starting reception year at school he became ill.

Jack was four years old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the end of October 2009. He was just one of the 450 children in the UK who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year. Jack’s condition was confirmed quite quickly and immediately after diagnosis, he had an operation to remove the tumour. Unfortunately, by this stage, doctors discovered the cancer had spread, leaving “seeds” in his brain and around his spine. The operation had left Jack unable to walk or talk.
Despite undergoing gruelling bouts of radiotherapy, where his whole head was encased in a protective mask and bolted face down to a bed twice daily for four and a half weeks, Jack never complained. Instead, from outside the treatment room, his parents and the nurses could hear him still singing!

There followed a period of recovery. The latest update is not so good.
I wrote this writes:
“It is with great sorrow and much sadness to inform you that on Wednesday the 23rd March 2011 Craig and I, were give the devastating news that Jacks cancer had come back. There are lesions over his brain and the cancer cells have spread down his spine (leaving him for the 4th time in his short life unable to walk). Joshua, Jacks brother has been told (we have never kept anything from him) and he is equally devastated. We are very proud of both our sons, and the way they have both dealt with Jacks illness, we have a great network of family and friends, with whom we are eternally grateful for their support and friendship throughout Jacks illness and undoubtedly afterwards”.
Please visit Jack’s homepage and leave a message, Twitter or Facebook spread the word helping us to raise awareness.
The conceptual purpose of the charity is as follows:

1. Raise awareness of Brain Tumours affecting children, the young and the vulnerable, on a National/International scale.

2. Offer some support to the families of children who are recently diagnosed with a Brain Tumour or who find themselves in financial difficulties as a result of their childs diagnosis.

3. Funding local initiatives to support families of children diagnosed with any Cancer, in areas where support facilities may be lacking.