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Appeal to help Cornwall teenager battling rare cancer

Appeal to help Cornwall teenager battling rare cancer

Published by Emma Carton at 7:45am 21st February 2020. (Updated at 7:51am 21st February 2020)

Cornwall is rallying to help a family's fight as their son battles a rare form of cancer.

16-year-old Joe Wall is facing more than three years of treatment, including chemotherapy.

Some of that care has to be given in Bristol, meaning the family is facing a regular 350-mile round trip.

"He puts on a brave face for everybody, as well as for himself"

Cancer Patient Joe Wall
An appeal has been launched to help the family of a Cornish teenager battling a rare form of cancer. Photo: Joe Wall's Family

Now friends are organising a thousand length sponsored swim to support his parents and siblings.

"By the time I go to work, seven o'clock in the morning, I come home six, seven o'clock at night, I hardly see Joseph. It's not fair on him.

"If I don't work, the bills don't get paid, the rent doesn't get paid. It's just how it goes. Trying to keep the wheels moving while this is going on at the same time".

Joe's dad, Dan

Cancer Patient Joe Wall
16-year-old Joe Wall is facing a lengthy battle to beat the cancer, including over three years of chemotherapy. Photo: Joe Wall's Family

Dad Dan is a self-employed electrician and has told Pirate FM it is tough for everyone.

He relies on his wife to give him updates from Joe's doctors, as she juggles caring for the family's other children.

"I think he puts a face on for me and his mum as well.  He realises what his mum is going through, what I am. 

"He puts a brave face on for everybody, as well as for himself".

Joe's dad, Dan

Cancer Patient Joe Wall
Friends have set up a fundraising page as they prepare to swim 1,000 lengths to help support Joe Wall's family. Photo: Joe Wall's Family

On 29th February, volunteers will swim a thousand lengths of Carn Brea pool to raise money for Joe and his family.

The effort is being led by James Loweth, who used to be their next door neighbour.

"Life doesn't stop, even in horrendous situations like this. 

"This fundraiser is just to help alleviate some of that pressure and help them deal with the situation without the added stresses, which nobody wants to have. It's a horrible, horrible situation. 

"Unfortunately Joe has been having to have constant care, dealing with this form of lymphoma, it's not good at all".

James Loweth

They have set up a crowdfunder to collect sponsorship money for the marathon swim, which will add up to more than fifteen miles. 

You can read more and find out how to donate here.

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