Dear friends new and old, I have something to share with you…..
I have had a unique insight into many lives affected by cancer.
My story stands on its own, but is just one of thousands. The sad reality is that we will all be affected by cancer within our lifetime.
My fight, my journey, my desire to make what happened to me a beacon of hope for others has been my passion .
If you are reading this now for the first time then maybe stop and read from the beginning, but either way read on as what I have to say, what I aim to create will change lives.
I have laid myself bare in public for one reason. I need to help the next person. The need to help has grown, and as such I have been thinking how to make a real difference for everyone affected by cancer.
I am pleased to announce The Daniel Jackson Foundation
I see everyday and everywhere research charities asking for support. Billions are raised for these charities, and not one coin is spent on supporting people with cancer now.
This is the aim of my foundation, help anyone affected by cancer piece by piece.
I had huge support from my family who shared my passion for creating my own Foundation. My model would be tested almost immediately when a dear friend and fellow facial cancer survivor learnt that the cancer had returned. The cancer had spread and we knew this was a one way ride and the only thing of importance was to ensure her daughters financial future whilst creating happy memories until Janine could fight no more.
I created a campaign to raise as much money as possible, it was a team effort with all of her close friends and family arranging fundraisers which included guest appearances from the cast of TOWIE we managed to raise thousands. Sadly after a short and unexpected illness Janine died. It was one of the saddest moments of my life.
I also tried to raise money for a young girl who was battling cancer for the second time in here 6 years of life. I ended up donating every last penny I had to make sure she had a great Christmas.
Throughout all of this I was working a full time job and it soon became clear that in order to make this Foundation work then I would have to make it a full time job, and given the fact I had no money and limited resources to raise more money I took the decision to put my ambition on hold.