December 11 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
A mother and her 14-year-old son have been inspired to shave off their hair after hearing about the bravery of their five-year-old relative who has recently diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Joe Gower, second cousin to Sharon Parry and her son Josh, who live in Bungay, was diagnosed with a tumour six weeks ago and is now undergoing intensive chemotherapy while having physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.
The five year old, who has a twin brother, was diagnosed two days into a family holiday, turning his family’s lives upside down.
Mrs Parry said: “Joe was cared for by the paediatric intensive care unit at Southampton General Hospital while he had his tumour removed. It was established Joe’s tumour was cancerous and he is now undergoing intensive chemotherapy.
“It is likely Joe will lose his hair which is the reason I have decided to have my head shaved.
“I didn’t like the idea of him having to lose his hair on his own so I thought we could raise some money for the unit who really helped him and supported his family, as well as Big Joe’s Bucket which is a collection to enable the family to have another holiday when Joe is well enough.”
Mrs Parry said Joe started his third course of chemotherapy this week but is still smiling and taking it in his stride.
Joe’s dad Alan Gower grew up in Bungay but the family now live in Gosport, Hampshire.
Mrs Parry and Josh will be having their hair shaved off at the Dare2dream Young People’s Centre in Bungay on October 12 at 2pm. They are hoping to raise £1,000.
Mrs Parry said: “I’m not so worried about having my hair shaved off, but when I think about the reason I am doing it I feel quite emotional. If a lot of people turn up to watch I think I will be quite overwhelmed.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Mrs Parry and Josh can pop into the King’s Head hotel in Bungay or the Three Willows Garden Centre. Alternatively, you can visit their Facebook page Head shave for Joe the brave or donate on the day.