A campaign set up by the parents of a five-year-old boy battling an aggressive cancer has raised £50,000 in just over a month.

Yavneh Primary School pupil Jake Cohen, from Borehamwood, has high-risk neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer – and has been in hospital in his life more times that most people will ever be in their whole lifetime.

Almost 50 per cent of children diagnosed with the condition will relapse at some point, and when that happens, less than one in ten children survive.

Jake’s parents, Adam and Hannah, have been raising money in case he needs further treatment which is not available on the NHS – a bill which could run into the hundreds of thousands.

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Jake with his father Adam and sister Phoebe

A little over a month, £50,000 was raised for neuroblastoma charity, Solving Kids’ Cancer, who are supporting Jake.

Jake was diagnosed back in 2017 and has already had more than 15 rounds of chemotherapy. He has been classed as having refractive neuroblastoma, beginning a six month programme of immunotherapy, with surgery and radiotherapy ahead.

Together with little sister Phoebe, the family are trying to raise as much money as possible to help Jake.

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Jake pictured with his mother Hannah

Mum Hannah said: “Neuroblastoma is so complex to treat and Jake’s journey could take any number of routes. We just want to ensure we are ready for whatever the future may bring in terms of Jake’s treatment and it could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“In particular, we are interested in the Bivalent Vaccine clinical trial in New York if Jake gets into remission. This treatment is showing promising results in reducing the likelihood of relapse.”

His father Adam added: “Watching your child going through intensive cancer treatment is horrific. Every drug Jake has received has potential long or short-term side effects and he has spent more time in hospital than most people do in their lifetime.

“However, he deals remarkably well with everything that is thrown at him and he has a happy positive outlook on life.”

You can donate to Jake’s campaign via www.solvingkidscancer.org.uk/jake-cohen or text donate JKCN99 and your amount £1 – £10 to 70070.

Follow Jake's journey on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jaketubeyandthewiggles/