By Claire Gordon • 22 January 2022 • 8:37
A teenager who has been given just months to live is fundraising with his remaining time for another young boy with cancer from the same town. Rhys Langford has bone cancer and started raising money for six-year-old Jacob Jones and his cancer fight after being told his own condition was terminal.
Jacob had previously been diagnosed with neuroblastoma and celebrated a year of being free from cancer before suspicious tumours were once again spotted by his family earlier this month. Despite never having met the youngster, Rhys was so moved by his situation that he donated £1,000 from his life savings to a fund set up to help pay for treatment in America.
Following the donation, Rhys went further by setting up an online crowdfunding page to gather more donations for Jacob and his cancer fight. The page has raised more than £22,000 so far. Rhys’s mum Catherine said to The Metro: “Rhys found the story of little Jacob. He called me upstairs and he was crying in bed reading the story.
“He said, “Mum, I want to donate some money to him. He’s six years of age and he’s been ill since he was two. I’d be over the moon if someone would save him.”
“I couldn’t believe he was thinking about someone else when he’s on death’s door himself.”
Both Rhys and Jacob are from the town of Ebbow Vale in South Wales but did not know each other. Catherine said her son privately sent Jacob £1,000 from his savings but wanted to do more so asked about setting up a Go Fund Me page.
She went on: “He said, “There’s nothing more they can do for me so if I can help save this little boy.”
“Our hearts are breaking because we are losing our son but bursting with pride because considering his diagnosis he is thinking of other people.’
Leaving a message on the cancer fight fundraising page, Rhys said: “Reading about little Jacob and his own fight and his cancer relapse has really upset me.
“I know nothing can be done for me now but as one of my many last wishes, I would like to help Jacob and help him fight this awful disease. I know what the treatments and awful drugs do to your body! It’s hell. Jacob is now six and has been fighting this disease most of his life. It should not be this way!
“Jacob’s family are looking to raise money again for treatment. I have transferred £1,000 to Jacob’s family privately but it’s still not enough.!
Before falling ill, Rhys was an active young man, who was a black belt in the martial art Krav Maga. But he has spent the past 16-months undergoing gruelling treatment for osteosarcoma in his cancer fight. The former labourer has had surgery to remove bones and muscle from his hip, bottom and leg, as well as chemotherapy.
In August he was given the all-clear, only for the disease to return in November. He was told his condition was terminal earlier this month.
The fundraising page can be found here
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