IT’S less than a year ago since Ja­son Thomp­son heard those dreaded words ‘It’s cancer’, and now that he is cured, he is rais­ing funds for the hospi­tal where he was treated.

The Kingswood man has or­gan­ised a char­ity night in aid of St James’ Hospi­tal which takes place on Fri­day night in the Li­ly­white Lounge, Oriel Park.

Ja­son’s world was turned on its head when he was di­ag­nosed with Non-Hodgkin lym­phoma.

‘It came about fairly sud­denly,’ re­calls the 47 year

‘I am try­ing to raise some money for them for all they did for me - they re­ally helped me.’

old. ‘I was get­ting si­nus in­fec­tions all the time and had a biopsy car­ried out which showed that I had Non-Hodgkin lym­phoma.’

Af­ter a pro­gramme of treat­ment which in­cluded chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy, Ja­son was given the all clear at the end of May.

‘It was fairly though,’ he says. He lost his hair while hav­ing chemo­ther­apy and sus­tained painful burns to his face while un­der­go­ing ra­dio­ther­apy.

Ja­son was lucky to have the sup­port of his part­ner Grainne McCreesh and his fam­ily when he was hav­ing treat­ment.

‘She’s been fan­tas­tic, and drove me up and down to Dublin for treat­ment, as well as my sis­ter Leigh, and par­ents Mervyn and Pa­tri­cia,’ he says.

Now that he is cancer free, Ja­son wants to give some­thing back to the hospi­tal which looked af­ter him.

‘I am try­ing to raise some money for them for all they did for me - they re­ally helped me.’

He is full of praise for the med­i­cal team who looked af­ter him, par­tic­u­larly con­sul­tant haema­tol­o­gist Dr Larry Ba­con. ‘He’s a bril­liant doc­tor.’

He has or­gan­ised a fund-rais­ing night for the hospi­tal tak­ing place on Fri­day in the Li­ly­white Lounge.

This prom­ises to be a fun night and Dun­dalk fans have the chance of get­ting their hands on a framed Dun­dalk FC jersey signed by the team and man­ager Stephen Kenny as an­other suc­cess­ful sea­son comes to an end.

There will be live mu­sic from Trevor Thomp­son on gui­tar, a fun quiz,spot prizes and re­fresh­ments.

Ad­mis­sion €10.

Ja­son Thomp­son.

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