€100k For The Jocelyn Blake Cancer Fund

For: Jocelyn Blake
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Organizer: Friends of Jocelyn Blake
€100k For The Jocelyn Blake Cancer Fund (Jocelyn Blake)
€106,300
of €100,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 1182 donors

The Story

2017 was a really, really tough year for our beloved friend Jocelyn Blake. After a series of surgeries throughout 2017, she was diagnosed with Stage Four of a rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer in September 2017 and promptly started a round of chemotherapy in The Mater Public in Dublin, Ireland. Though Jocelyn is very grateful to her medical teams in Ireland who supported her through this process, the only treatment currently available to her here is palliative i.e. relieving the pain rather than curing the cause. Jocelyn is not willing to settle for palliative treatment, which may buy her some precious time with her daughter Freya, her beloved family and her wide circle of loving friends. Instead, she is going after curative treatment. She wants to boss cancer out of her body, and she won't take no for an answer. We don't call her Bossy Jossy for nothing.    

After less than a week of fundraising, our unbelievably generous donors enabled us to cover the cost of the first round of Jocelyn's treatment at the Chemo Thermia Oncology Center in Istanbul and to cover part of the associated costs of getting her to and from the Clinic. Thanks to your generosity, Jocelyn travelled to Istanbul on Sunday 15th of October 2017 to begin her treatment at The Chemo Thermia Oncology Clinic.  

In total, she went on to have seven rounds of treatment at The Center between October 2017 and March 2018. Each round of treatment in Istanbul lasted for ten days, and then she returned to Dublin for ten days to rest, recover and be with Freya. 

With your help, we, the Friends of Jocelyn Blake, would like to keep this fundraising drive going. We set a goal of €100k which we reached in March 2018. This will help cover all of the costs of flights to and from Istanbul for Jocelyn and her carer as well as their accommodation costs. It will cover PET scan costs, follow up visits, and the associated costs of the treatments, as well as the treatment itself. 

We want to make sure that Jocelyn, Freya and their family don't have to worry about finances at this difficult time. We also want to make sure that Jocelyn will be supported in her recovery in the months to come. 

Thank you again for your kindness, thoughts and messages. Jocelyn is beyond grateful and is truly overwhelmed by the love she has been shown. And so are we. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.   

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 25, 2018

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Posted on May 25, 2018

Giving myself a manicure, chemo was delayed because my bloods were down. Scan hopefully still on track next week.... xXx


Posted on May 18, 2018

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Posted on May 18, 2018

Jocelyn wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to her fund. The fund of €105k that you donated meant she has been able to receive eight rounds of treatment in Istanbul, and covering the associated costs of her recovery. She has been back home this week and has been soaking up the sun with Freya, her family and friends. On Sunday she is returning to Istanbul for her ninth visit, where she'll go through another ten days of treatment. She is also receiving a really important scan while she is there. We hope the results will give us an indication of how successful the treatment has been. If you are able to donate further to her fund to help support Jocelyn in financing this visit, she would be very grateful if you could do so. Your donations will also help Jocelyn and her family plan for the next phase of her treatment and recovery.


Posted on April 26, 2018

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Posted on April 26, 2018

Thank you so much for your messages of support and love over the last few weeks. Jocelyn has been at home in Ireland since March. She was in The Mater for two weeks to clear a build up of fluid in her lungs. She has been feeling generally good since then, and has had a long break from her treatment in Istanbul. Her main focus has been Freya's 7th birthday party which is taking place this weekend. Jocelyn will be returning to Istanbul to start another round of treatment on 2 May. She hopes to continue treatment there until she receives a clear scan. To do so, she needs more financial support. If you can help in any way by donating to the fund in the coming weeks, we would be so grateful.

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