Ilkeston dad, 29, faces cancer battle

Jamie Cragg 29 has been diagnosed with terminal colan cancer. Family and friends are fundraising for him, including his sister Michelle Green, pictured here with him.
Jamie Cragg 29 has been diagnosed with terminal colan cancer. Family and friends are fundraising for him, including his sister Michelle Green, pictured here with him.
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A 29-year-old dad from Ilkeston has been dealt the devastating news that he has terminal cancer.

Jamie Cragg of Thorpe Street, Cotmanhay, started months of intense chemotherapy this week after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in July.

He underwent surgery to remove a tumour but the cancer spread to his stomach.

Now a fundraising drive has been launched by family and friends in the hope that the money will pay for a treatment called Hipec once he has completed chemotherapy. Otherwise the funds will pay for a trip to Florida for him and his family, including his five-year-old son Joshua.

Jamie, a manager at Tesco in Ilkeston, said: “I first went to the doctors in November with symptoms and they kept saying it was IBS. I was eventually put forward for a colonoscopy but was told it was probably Crohn’s Disease.”

After a eight-week wait Jamie went for the test and was told they had found something which would have to be sent for tests but was probably cancer. A call a week later confirmed the bad news - a large tumour had been found on his bowel.

Jamie said: “It didn’t sink in but I was expecting it, even now it doesn’t sink in.”

Jamie underwent surgery to remove a quarter of his bowel. However during the surgery it was discovered that the cancer had spread to his stomach wall and was spreading to multiple areas.

He will now undergo chemotherapy sessions for six months at Nottingham City Hospital and has had a PICC line put in his arm.

He said: “Doctors have said it (the cancer) would shorten my life an average of three years and there is a 20 per cent chance that the chemo won’t work.”

Despite bowel cancer being rare in people so young, Jamie has been told he could have had it as long as seven years and is angry that it wasn’t spotted earlier.

A number of fundraising events are now in the pipeline and celebrities have already donated items for an auction that is being planned in the spring at Morley Hayes Gold Club, including a signed Eric Clapton CD and a signed polo shirt from Julie Walters. Jamie’s mum Alison will be holding a coffee morning at her house at 24 Broadway on October 28 between 10am and 2pm.

Jamie has thanked everybody who has donated so far. More information can be found at Jamie Cragg where you also donate.