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.