A bit­ter­sweet golf day

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY SHELI LEVEN­SON

THE JEWISH As­so­ci­a­tion for the Men­tally Ill’s an­nual golf day at Pot­ters Bar was a bit­ter­sweet oc­ca­sion be­cause of the ab­sence of a key fig­ure — a young can­cer suf­ferer who set up the event’s part­ner char­ity.

This year’s golf day was held in con­junc­tion with the Royal Mars­den Hospi­tal can­cer re­search pro­gramme and No Sur­ren­der, sup­port­ing young adults with can­cer. No Sur­ren­der was founded by 34-year-old ac­coun­tant Ja­son Boas, who was di­ag­nosed with in­op­er­a­ble pan­cre­atic can­cer last year.

Af­ter tak­ing part in a clin­i­cal drugs trial to shrink the tu­mour at the Royal Mars­den, he un­der­went surgery. Dur­ing the treat­ment process, Mr Boas re­alised that in­ter­ac­tion with other can­cer pa­tients helped him main­tain a pos­i­tive men­tal at­ti­tude. No Sur­ren­der’s web­site is a sup­port net­work through which pa­tients can share ex­pe­ri­ences.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Boas’s lat­est blog post on YouTube, he is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in Is­rael. “We had post­poned the golf day in the hope that he would be mak­ing progress,” ex­plained Jami ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lau­rie Rackind. “But un­for­tu­nately he was un­able to join us.”

Mr Rackind added that Mr Boas’s fa­ther Barry is a long-time sup­porter of the golf day. “When we heard about Ja­son’s con­di­tion, we wanted to do what­ever we could to help. What Ja­son him­self em­pha­sises is the need for what he calls a ‘pos­i­tive men­tal at­ti­tude’. Al­though strictly speak­ing that isn’t to do with men­tal ill­ness, it’s still very im­por­tant for well-be­ing.” De­spite there be­ing “no com­mon­al­ity” be­tween the two char­i­ties’ causes, it was im­por­tant for Jami to show sup­port for the Boas fam­ily.

With do­na­tions, spon­sor­ship, auc­tions and a raf­fle, the event raised £18,000.

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