Harrow Weald has come together to support the courageous journey of 3-year-old Jesse Junior, who was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma Group E, a rare type of eye cancer, earlier this year.
The young warrior had his left eye removed just a week after the diagnosis due to the advanced stage of the cancer.
Jesse Junior’s mother, Courtney, shared their family’s story on a GoFundMe page, highlighting their challenges and hopes as they face this difficult battle. The family, who live in Harrow Weald, received heartbreaking news that Junior will require a port fitted and endure chemotherapy, along with numerous hospital stays and tests in the coming months.
Courtney expressed her family’s devastation over the diagnosis but remains hopeful, relying on advances in medicine to ensure Junior’s long and healthy life. “For now, we live with uncertainty but hope,” she said.
The family is seeking financial assistance to cover the costs of Junior’s medical treatments, daily living expenses, and additional support for his siblings. Courtney revealed the financial strain on their family, with her reducing her work hours to be with Junior, and her husband delaying his new job to support their son throughout his treatment. Additionally, the family is facing the burden of finding a new home due to unrealistic rent increases.
“We would appreciate even £1 towards the cost of hospital trips, daily living, allowing us to spend time as a family, and treating the kids to something special,” Courtney said, emphasizing the significance of community support during their trying times.
To keep up with Jesse Junior’s journey, the family has invited the community to follow them on Instagram @juniorsrbjourney. The hashtags #childhoodcancer and #retinoblastoma have been used to raise awareness about the rare cancer affecting young children.
The Harrow community is encouraged to contribute to the family’s GoFundMe campaign, any donations, no matter the size, will make a significant difference in supporting Junior’s treatment and easing the family’s financial burden.