Mak­ing magic mem­o­ries

FAM­ILY OF LIT­TLE GIRL WITH CANCER RE­SOLVE TO MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR TIME LEFT TO­GETHER

Uxbridge Gazette - - News - By FREDERICA MILLER frederica.miller@reach­plc.com Twit­ter: @Fred­diAMiller

RUISLIP school­girl Jess Shep­herd has bat­tled child­hood cancer for years but none of the treat­ments she has had have been suc­cess­ful.

The 10-year-old and her fam­ily, who live in Ruislip Gar­dens, have chron­i­cled the ups and downs of her fight against cancer with a mov­ing so­cial me­dia cam­paign.

They have even nick­named her tu­mor ‘Bor­ing Boris’ and have given Jess the Twit­ter name “Help Jess Beat Boris” and the han­dle @ Roar­forJess.

Sadly af­ter seven years of bat­tling neu­rob­las­toma (child­hood cancer) and a se­ries of un­suc­cess­ful treat­ments, in­clud­ing a course of ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment at Christ­mas, but doc­tors have told the fam­ily that fur­ther treat­ment, other than pal­lia­tive care, is not vi­able.

In a heart­break­ing mes­sage on Jess’s crowd­fund­ing page, which helped raised money for her treat­ment, the fam­ily wrote: “Sadly, since our last up­date, we have to tell you that there is no more that can be done for Jess, it is un­likely we will be able to get her to New York.

“We would like to thank all of you who have con­tin­u­ously sup­ported Jess, we hope you don’t mind, but we will be us­ing Jess’s funds to help her make some mag­i­cal mem­o­ries with her brother and sis­ter.”

One of Jess’s big­gest wishes was to travel to New York which now looks un­likely be­cause of her ill­ness. But another of Jess’s dreams is to re­ceive a mes­sage from pop star Ari­ana Grande and a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily.

Hun­dreds of Jess’s sup­port­ers have taken to Twit­ter to ask Ari­ana Grande to send a tweet to Jess.

While the pop star has not yet re­sponded a whole string of celebri­ties, in­clud­ing co­me­dian and author David Wal­liams, BBC ra­dio DJ Sara Cox and Coleen Rooney have all replied to re­quests to tweet Jess with heart­felt mes­sages of ad­mi­ra­tion and sup­port.

You can fol­low Jess’s story by search­ing for the Twit­ter han­dle @Roar­forJess.

Sadly we have to tell you there is no more that can be done for Jess

IM­AGE: RACHAEL WELLS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Jess has been hav­ing cancer treat­ment for seven years

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