For over six years I have run www.overland-rovers.com and since November last year I have run this website with the aim of informing, entertaining and inspiring others. Now, for the first time, I would like to ask for something back. Not for me, you understand, but for someone and something that has directly impacted on Belinda and I in a major way. This post has nothing to do with Ford Rangers, Land Rovers or overland travel. I make no apology for posting this here and, once you’ve read this, I hope you understand why.
This is our eldest grandson, Joshua. He is 5 years old and utterly ‘indestructible’ like any normal 5 year old boy. Or at least that’s how it seemed.
Just 6 weeks ago, without any previous symptoms, Josh was diagnosed with an incurable malignant brain tumour.
Since then he has undergone 4 separate operations to relieve the pressure build up in his skull.
The standard cancer treatment of chemo and radiotherapy has not proven effective and so the prognosis for Josh is very short term and will, probable, be measured in days or maybe even hours.
The type of cancer that Josh has contracted is so uncommon that only 15 cases have been recorded, in the UK, since 1950.
This news has clearly been devastating for Josh’s parents, my daughter and son-in-law, and for us. Josh is currently in a Hospice receiving excellent support and care until the cancer finally takes his life.
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer and yet just 0.7% of the UK national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.
Where funding has been spent on cancer research the survival rates have progressively increased. We feel that this situation needs to be highlighted and some balance brought to where funding goes
So, why am I writing this here? Josh’s parents have set up a fundraising page to raise money for the two main Brain tumour charities and for the Hospice that is providing outstanding care for Josh (and, TBH, us as well).
Overland Rovers gets over 10,000 visitors each year from 125 countries and this site has attracted nearly 1,000 more from 35 , as the title suggests, I want use every resource I can to do something to prevent this situation continuing. So I’m asking any of you that feels they have enjoyed our trip reports, learned something from my modification posts or just whiled away a few minutes browsing the site, to click on the link below and donate a few (or lots) pennies, cents, pesos, drachma, rubles or any other currency to say thanks.
Cancer is a worldwide problem and all research organisations collaborate internationally.
Just to be absolutely clear; none of the money raised will make any difference to Josh, but it could help another child, in the future and save a family from the heart ache that we are now feeling.
The link to the donations page is Joshua Dobson Fundraising page. Please click on the link and show me your appreciation for www.overland-rovers.com and www.overlandranger.com
Ralph, Belinda and Arbie.