Family of 7-year-old girl with terminal brain cancer raised £120,000 in just three weeks
A father of a seven-year-old girl with a terminal brain tumor says he is “overwhelmed” after thousands of strangers donated to her fundraiser.
Jasmine Freeman, from Bracknell, Berkshire, was diagnosed with midline glioma in January after complaining of headaches and double vision.
Doctors told the devastated family that the schoolgirl had just 18 months to live.
The only treatment option available in the UK is radiotherapy, which buys the ‘kind and caring’ young girl just a few months.
But further treatment in America or Europe could make a bigger difference.
A total of 3,200 people have raised more than £119,000 since a fundraiser was launched in Jasmine’s name three weeks ago.
The seven-year-old’s father, Anthony Freeman, has said he wants to “shake hands with all donors”.
He told Metro.co.uk: “It’s overwhelming. It’s really nice and heartwarming to see that so many people want to donate despite the cost of living crisis.
“I want to go around and shake hands with everyone.
“The money will cover the costs of everything while we are with the processes and the process itself.
‘It’s only used to keep her with us as long as possible.’
The diagnosis was described as a “hellish nightmare” by Anthony and Jasmine’s mother Jakki.
“After we took them to the pediatrician they couldn’t find anything but wanted to do an MRI ‘just to be sure,'” Anthony continued.
“Three hours later we learned that she had a brain tumor.
“We sat in the counselor’s office and cried desperate tears at the thought of losing our Jasmine and we haven’t stopped crying since.”
Anthony described the moment he and Jakki received the news of their daughter’s diagnosis.
“Words cannot describe the pain and agony we felt then and live with now, every minute of every day,” he said.
“Since receiving Jasmine’s diagnosis, we have been back and forth in the hospital.
“She’s a tough little cookie but she misses being home because she wants to see her mom and the dog.”
Jasmine has now started radiotherapy but cannot go to school.
“Jasmine gets a lot of headaches, which makes it difficult for her to concentrate for long periods of time,” Anthony explained.
“She still manages play dates and can continue to draw and paint, so that doesn’t limit her, but she gets tired very quickly.
“But she’s in good spirits at the moment and hopefully we can keep that up.”
The next step for the family is deciding which medical studies Jasmine can participate in.
“We’ve looked at trials in both the US and Europe, but we’re not sure if it’s airworthy at the moment,” explained Anthony.
“We’re both struggling to come to terms with what’s happening and what’s going on — we’re praying at the moment.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2023/03/12/family-of-girl-7-with-terminal-brain-cancer-raise-120000-in-just-three-weeks-18408280/ Family of 7-year-old girl with terminal brain cancer raised £120,000 in just three weeks