Hi, my name is Luke! I am a 20-year-old Sheffield Hallam Student studying Sports and Exercise. I have collaborated with The Student Aspect Magazine to raise awareness of a GoFundMe I have started for my good friend, Jacob.
I first met Jacob a couple of years ago at university through friends-of-friends. We moved in together in second year, and still live together now. Jacob studies Computer Science so he’s normally got his head down in his laptop doing coding and working hard. He is a really down-to-earth guy, kind and genuine.
A while back now, it was an average Friday night, where myself and the boys were all drinking together and having a laugh. Everything was very normal. The following day, Jacob had mentioned he was suffering from really bad migraines, but thinking little of it, he tried to sleep it off. All weekend he continued to suffer these migraines. On the Monday morning, he had received some post, so I went up to his room to give it to him and see if he was alright. My flatmate and I tried talking to him, but Jacob wasn’t very responsive and seemed confused. We ended up calling 111, and they soon sent an ambulance out for Jacob.
Jacob had some scans and a week later, he apologised for the bad news, as he shared with us boys that he had been diagnosed with a tumour on his brain, aged 22.
Taken from the GoFundMe page, “the type of tumour Jacob has is Glioblastoma Multiform or GBM to shorten it. This type of cancer is grade 4 and as such is very aggressive and often tricky to treat as it eventually spreads to other parts of the brain. This condition affects only 0.00321% of the population. Or 3.21 individuals per 100,000 and has a 5-year survival rate of 20%.”
We had heard Jacob speak of his dreams of travelling after university to places such as Australia, New Zealand and Japan to name a few and we wanted to lend a hand to Jacob through this tough time. Jacob is currently on his placement year and will graduate in 2022, with the hopes to travel after, but we wanted to secure these hopes into plans for him.
We told Jacob from the start that we wanted to do something special for him, as we wanted to make sure he was happy with his recent diagnosis being public knowledge. We were really surprised when Jacob said he was happy for us to share his story, as we didn’t think he would want to, but he and his family were really thankful and happy.
We kicked off the GoFundMe by some of the boys shaving their heads, with an aim of £5,000 to help Jacob out. Between the boys, we had about £1000 to donate, so we thought getting to £5000 would be a really good figure. Within just a few hours of the GoFundMe going up, we got to about £4000, so we thought it was time to up the goal! We shared the page with our friends, and many of them shared it with their friends.
Since the post was shared on April 1st, we’ve had 969 different people donate and over 900 shares. The support has been overwhelming from people who don’t even know Jacob.
On behalf of myself, the boys, Jacob and his family, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has shared and donated to the GoFundMe.
The Student Aspect Team – “We’d like to share this story with our readers as it has moved us all. We would like to take this opportunity to send love to Jacob and his family as well as a huge thank you to Luke Walsh. If you cannot donate, please share Jacob’s story and the GoFundMe page. Thank you.”