Where no child, young person or their family should face cancer, related illness or bereavement alone and will get the support they need during their journey and beyond.
Team Jak provides practical and emotional support to children and young people with cancer and related illnesses, their family and friends and those bereaved.
The purpose of Team Jak is to ease the fear, confusion and loneliness of a cancer diagnosis or bereavement and ensure no-one feels isolated or alone, by providing practical, social and emotional support to children and young people with cancer and related illnesses age 0-25, their families, friends and those bereaved- of a child from cancer or children bereaved of someone from cancer.
Inspired by inspirational teenager Jak Trueman, whose life was sadly cut short following a short and aggressive battle with a rare form of blood cancer, Jak wanted no other child or family to face the isolation and fear tackled daily following diagnosis and during treatment, and set out clear aims on how to provide support for young people, their families and friends, with special mention of siblings.
Team Jak is now committed to securing a larger Den and a number of ‘Satellite Dens’ where putting smiles on faces and creating magical moments are at the fore and where children and families can share together and accept practical social and emotional support through various counselling and alternative therapies, support groups and fun activities along with plans for a Neutropenic café in some form.
Team Jak will also provide outreach support to the relevant hospitals and wards/units associated with our warrior and angel families, and any young person at home unable to access the Den.
An online forum will also be created to ensure no family is left out due to geography or inability to get to a Den.
We will also work closely with other renowned agencies and charities to ensure the very best opportunities are created for our young people including Teenage Cancer Trust, CLIC, Maggies, CHAS and CBUK.
“Creating smiles, easing the journey”