€100k By Christmas For The Jocelyn Blake Cancer Fund

For: Jocelyn Blake
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Organizer: Friends of Jocelyn Blake
€100k By Christmas For The Jocelyn Blake Cancer Fund (Jocelyn Blake)
€83,580
of €100,000 goal.
Raised by 1039 donors
83% Complete

The Story

It's been 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 have 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 is travelling to Istanbul on Sunday 15th of October 2017 to begin her treatment at The Chemo Thermia Oncology Clinic.  

She will receive treatment in The Center for ten days and then she will return to Dublin for ten days. She will then return to Istanbul for another ten day treatment session, and then back to Dublin for ten days. This cycle will repeat until early 2018.

With your help, we, the Friends of Jocelyn Blake, would like to keep this fundraising drive going. Our new goal is raise €100k by Christmas 2017. 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 a second round of treatment, which will begin in early 2018.    

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. We will be hosting fundraising events around Ireland between now and Christmas. If you can help us spread the word and help us get to €100k by Christmas, we could be so grateful.    

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 December 11, 2017

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Posted on December 11, 2017

We're beyond delighted to share some happy news with you today. Jocelyn Blake's doctor at the Chemo Thermia Oncology Centre in Istanbul read her most recent scan report today. Their scans found that some lesions are half the size they were in October when she started her treatment with them, and others are at varying degrees of reduction. The really important and uplifting news is that there is NO sign of progression of the disease. This shows that the treatment she has been undergoing in Istanbul is showing signs of being effective in treating her rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer, which has been so frightening in its relentless advancement throughout 2017. This has given us such a huge boost of hope. It also gives our Fundraising Campaign some added urgency. We need to be able to support Jocelyn and her family financially so that she can continue to receive this treatment. Can you help us reach our target of €100k by Christmas? We will be launching a new campaign in early 2018 to ensure that she can continue to receive this treatment until she has recovered. Thank you so much for your support. 


Posted on December 6, 2017

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Posted on December 6, 2017

Jocelyn is currently at home in Dublin after undergoing another ten days of treatment at the Chemo Thermia Oncology Centre in Istanbul. She has been in very good spirits for the last few days after a welcome return of her appetite earlier this week. She is her usual inspiring, funny and strong-willed self. She will return to Turkey on Sunday 10th of December for 12 days of treatment. We are so happy to report that she will be back at home in Dublin for Christmas. We hope to know more about her progress and the impact of the treatments in the coming weeks. Thank you so much for your support.


Posted on December 4, 2017

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Posted on December 4, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of family, friends and strangers (i.e. friends we just haven't met yet), we were thrilled to raise €9,007.59 at our event in The Dublin Food Co-op on Saturday 18th of November. 

Thank you sincerely to everyone at The Dublin Food Co-op who volunteered their space and time to host this event. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time, particularly Emma Kavanagh for creating such a beautiful poster and to all the volunteers who helped make the event happen. 

Thank you to our performers Interskalactic, Farah Elle, Lisa O'Neill, Sorca McGrath and Lumo DJs. Thank you to Bo Owen for coordinating the musical equipment. 

Thank you to The Co-op Cafe and Rossa and Nadia for feeding us all on the night. Thanks to Tim McCarthy for being the bartender. Thanks to Sammy for organising the raffle. 

Thanks to you all for your support. 

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