Fundraiser for Jason (16) battling cancer

2016-06-08 06:00
Jason Sherman (16).           Photo: SUPPLIED

Jason Sherman (16). Photo: SUPPLIED

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DESPITE numerous treatments and surgeries to fight his cancer battle, Jason Sherman (16) remains positive and has decided he will try to live as normal a life as possible.

In 2011 Jason was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his right femur. The tumour was 17cm long.

He was rushed to Cape Town for a biopsy and to have limb salvage surgery by a specialist orthopaedic surgeon.

This was followed by months of chemotherapy and a number of blood transfusions and platelets and blood tests.

“Over the following four years we had to constantly fly to Cape Town for checkups, which often resulted in necessary surgery. Jason had to have 15 surgeries over this period. He had to have many MRI’s, CT scans, x-rays and blood tests over this period between PE and Cape Town,” said Jason’s mother, Jenny.

After being in remission for four years, Jason relapsed.

The cancer had returned in both his right ankle and left shoulder. Both had to be replaced in Cape Town.

“After these surgeries, Jason tried to live a normal life. After a month, during another scan, they found the cancer had returned in both his left hip and right knee. Jason had to have more replacements. His femur had already had plates, screws and implants to keep the thin fibula from breaking and to grow onto the remaining bone – this had to be replaced again, due to the tumour being behind the titanium in his knee.”

Jason’s new femur/knee implant had to be custom made, which extended from his knee right up past his femur bone. Again, his femur and knee had to be cut open again.

On a further scan, they then found 6 tumours in his lungs.

“Medically, there are no more treatments available for Jason, other than a low dose of chemo for maintenance and perhaps a bit of radiation if necessary.”

The family’s medical costs are very high and a fundraiser in the form of a Music Trivia is being held to assist them financially.

The Music Trivia will be held at the Union Cricket Club, on Friday, June 17 at 6:30pm at R80 per person.

For bookings and more info call the event organiser Laurika Roberts on 084 724 1264.

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