€100k For The Jocelyn Blake Cancer Fund

For: Jocelyn Blake
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Organizer: Friends of Jocelyn Blake
€95,550
of €100,000 goal.
Raised by 1142 donors
95% 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 the end of 2017, 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 January 24, 2018

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Posted on January 24, 2018

Happy New Year! Jocelyn spent Christmas with Freya and her family in Dublin before returning to Istanbul with her brother in January. She received another ten days of treatment at The Chemo Thermia Oncology Centre and returned home to Dublin last week. 

She is feeling stronger, and has more energy and appetite. Her family and friends are so delighted to see more colour in her cheeks. She's also gained some weight and is feeling positive for the future. 

We are awaiting the results of her most recent scan which we hope to share with you in the coming weeks. 

She will return to Istanbul on 4th of February for her seventh visit to start a new cycle of treatment. This is all possible thanks to your generosity. Because of you, Jocelyn has been able to pay for her treatments, her accommodation while in Istanbul and flights for her and her carers. Thank you so much.


Posted on December 24, 2017

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Posted on December 24, 2017

We are so close to reaching our goal! Thank you so much for your amazing support. Jocelyn has sent a special message to all of us to thank us and to also update us on the early results of her treatment. 


Posted on December 20, 2017

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Posted on December 20, 2017

Thanks so much to everyone who attended the Christmas Sing Along Social on Sunday 17th of December. Thanks to the generosity of Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Walter Batt Security and Litton Lane AV rental who gave their venue and services free of charge, the Sing Along Social were able to donate 100% of their ticket sales to Jocelyn's Fund. That meant a total of €2,443 was raised. Thank you so much to everyone who donated by buying a ticket! 

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