Friends on a mission to send their eight-year-old friend with a cancerous brain tumour to Disneyland

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THEY are aged just six and seven but have proved that friendship knows no bounds.

Little Gabi and Casper Meech were left so devastated by the news their friend was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour, they launched into action immediately.

As reported in Your Lifestyle, Jack Joslin has so far survived 13 medical procedures including a 10 hour operation to remove a brain tumour that left him unable to walk and with a palsy on his right side.

He spent Christmas enduring critical chemotherapy to stop the disease raging and he is now undergoing six weeks of radiotherapy.

But his friends have given him reason to smile – by making his plight global.

The youngsters, who moved to Dubai last year, rallied around the UAE community and have so far raised more than £1,000 to send their sick friend on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyland.

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Mum Caroline explained she has known Jack since he was two after he went to an art class she ran before going to school with her children Casper and Gabi.

The family moved to Dubai last year but shortly after the move discovered the Hiltingbury Junior School pupil had been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast-growing cancerous brain tumour which can spread to elsewhere in the brain and spinal cord if left untreated.

“The children know this is a very difficult time for Jack and they wanted to do something to help.”

The children, who are pupils at Star International School Umm Sheif, took part in a 5k sponsored ‘Colour Walk’ in Dubai raising money from classmates and strangers.

Caroline, says: “The children in their classes have been following Jack’s story and some of them have been saving their pocket money for the whole year have donated everything. We also had a man contact us having seen them in the local paper and donated the £100 he would have spent on ‘Thursday pizza’ for his staff.

“We are blown away that people can be so generous and so moved by a young boy’s story and also think that our children have shown that friendship is one of the most valuable things in life and that the miles don’t matter.”

 To follow Jack’s news and support the family go to Jack’s Journey on Facebook

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