A mum of three from Hawkinge has said she's 'amazed' about the support she has received so far from total strangers after she tragically announced she was creating a 'bucket list' for her son. Draven Jefferies is now eight-years-old, but had a difficult start in life when he was born with no oesophagus and his lungs were attached to his stomach and spent eight months in intensive care.But the distress didn't end there, as a clinician diagnosed Draven with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and a rare gene mutation.The terminal illness means the boy will need to use a wheelchair before his teens.KentOnline recently reported how his mum Jemma Godden, 33, is sharing their story to raise awareness of the condition.Since then, hundreds of donations have flooded in, including money and experience days.The family recently went to Tenerife to swim with dolphins, and last month, Draven was invited as guest of honour to the semi final of the European Grass Track Championships by the Astra Grass Track … [Read more...] about Disneyland ticked off ill youngster’s ‘bucket list’
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PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 May 2018 Mary Brooks and Wendy Essery are inviting others to join them and skydive for North Devon Hospice next month. Picture: NDH Archant North Devon Hospice is inviting people to knock skydiving off their bucket list by leaping out a perfectly good aeroplane this June. The charity organises regular skydives and age is absolutely no barrier – the redoubtable Verdun Hayes did one for his 100th birthday a couple of years ago. Two people already signed up for the 15,000ft freefall this June are hospice ambassadors Mary Brooks and Wendy Essery. Wendy said: “So many people I speak to tell me how much they would love to do a skydive. I would tell them to stop talking about it and just do it. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have that thrill of the freefall, so if I can do it then really anybody can.” As a North Devon Hospice ambassador, Wendy helps to promote the work of the charity across the area, and is certainly leading by … [Read more...] about Skydiving on your bucket list? Why not do it for north Devon Hospice?
PUBLISHED: 09:33 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 16 April 2018 Harry Rutter Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted Archant A 21-year-old dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer only days after being told it was probably acid reflux. Dan McGrath of Soham is now planning the time he has left with his wife Rebecca and their seven-month old baby. He has created a bucket list of things he wishes to do while he has the time left, which includes having a ride on a Harley Davidson motorbike as well as meeting his football idol, Steven Gerrard. Although he is currently being fed through a tube in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, his family are trying to raise as much money as they can to help him achieve everything on his list. A separate fund-raising page has also been setup to raise money “to prevent young people getting … [Read more...] about Terminally ill father from Soham plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the time
While you're at it: Lake Ontario's winelands, nestled between Toronto and Niagara Falls, make for a great day trip from the big city (winecountryontario.ca). Do it: cabottrail.travel 13. Take off HeliSkiing in British Columbia Are you bored of run-of-the-mill ski lifts and blue slopes? Craving a little more excitement on your skis? Well, throw a helicopter into the mix, and adventure is all but guaranteed. On this jaunt, a chopper will drop you into the stunning mountain wilderness of British Columbia for an off-piste experience you'll never forget. The terrain is huge, and the log cabins you'll sleep in are utterly adorable. - NB While you're at it: Practise your Torvill and Dean moves at the Olympic Plaza in Whistler (whistler.com), which opens as an ice rink in the winter. Do it: Scott Dunn (scottdunn.com) has an eight-night luxury, bespoke Ski Canada Adventure itinerary from €8,100pps B&B, including flights and transfers. 14. Skate on the Canal in Ottawa The 202km-long … [Read more...] about The Canadian Bucket List: 30 things to do in Canada before you die!
PUBLISHED: 12:07 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 13 April 2018 Gemma Mitchell Gemma Edgar with husband Rob and boys Dylan nd Noah. Picture: STEVE ARGENT Archant An inspirational Colchester mother living with an incurable brain tumour has vowed to cross the finish line of the London Marathon for her son, who has battled a rare form of eye cancer. Gemma Edgar with son Noah after his surgery. Picture: GEMMA EDGAR Despite having monthly doses of chemotherapy which leave her feeling sick and exhausted, Gemma Edgar has continued to train three to four times a week in preparation for the race on April 22. The 32-year-old said completing the marathon was on her bucket list. Mrs Edgar was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in October 2014, just eight weeks after the birth of her second son Noah. When Noah was 18 months old, he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of eye cancer that affects babies and young children. Gemma Edgar training for the London … [Read more...] about Determined Gemma Edgar fighting brain tumour to tick London Marathon off bucket list