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Schoolmates of an Oxenhope teenager rally round to support his cancer fight
Schoolmates of an Oxenhope teenager are rallying round to support his fight against cancer.
Jacob Simpson’s friends and teachers will have their heads shaved to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Specialist nurses from the trust have helped Jacob and his family since cancer was diagnosed in his leg last summer.
Jacob, 17, is currently undergoing chemotherapy to reduce the size of the cancer in advance of surgery to remove it.
The fundraising campaign is being spearheaded by Jacob’s best friend George Waller, 17, who also lives in Oxenhope.
The pair have been friends since they started at Oxenhope Primary School, and both now attend North Halifax Grammar School.
George shaved his head soon after Ewing’s sarcoma – a rare form of bone cancer – was discovered in Jacob’s femur.
George said: “I shaved my head to help him, and he jokingly had a go at me that I could have made some money with it!”
When George mentioned the fundraising idea on Facebook, seven students and seven staff soon agreed to join him.
George added: “Jacob is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He’s fantastic, and that’s why everyone is so keen to get involved.
“We’ve booked the school stage. Other students will pay 50p to come in and watch the teachers lose their hair.”
Jacob’s father, Nick, who will also have his head shaved, said the fundraiser had snowballed.
He added: “They originally set a target of £1,000 and they have already passed that.
“It was a shock to us when the cancer was diagnosed. Ewing’s sarcoma is rare, and when people get it, they tend to be teenagers.”
Jacob is being treated by specialists at Birmingham Hospital and receiving chemotherapy at Leeds General Infirmary.
Mr Simpson said: “Both units are staffed by the NHS and funded by the Teenage Cancer Trust, and are equipped for teenagers.
“There are specialist nurses employed by the trust to provide emotional support. They will do anything for us. They have a real understanding of teenagers.”
The fundraising total stands at £1,667. Visit justgiving.com/shaveforjacob to sponsor the event.
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