We’re telling the inspirational stories of the children we work with who have used sport to give them strength.
Children like Jodie.
Jodie from West Bromwich had to have her leg amputated in April 2014 after she was diagnosed with bone cancer.
Sporty Jodie has set up her own charity to help other children without limbs. The charity provides special prosthetics that enable children to keep doing the sports and activities they love.
A shocking diagnosis
Jodie was a typical teenage girl who had dreams of being a PE teacher.
She was diagnosed with bone cancer after experiencing pain in her knee. She thought she’d torn a ligament while trampolining. But when the pain got worse and went on for several months, tests showed things were a lot more serious.
She began chemotherapy treatment which meant that she lost her very long hair – something she was dreading. But her “rock” - mum Leasa - had her hair shaved off at the same time in support of Jodie and donated it to charity, which really helped her face the situation.
Learning to walk again
However, the cancer did not respond to the chemotherapy so surgeons explained that the safest option would be to amputate Jodie’s right leg from 20 cm above the tumour.
With our Sports Dinner just around the corner, we're taking a look at the magical impact sporty wishes have on the children that receive them. We've rounded up 7 wishes that show just how much sport can transform the lives of seriously ill children.
1. Benji's unbeatable Barcelona wish comes true
Benji's leg completely gave way during a game of football and his parents took him straight to A&E. They had no idea they were about to be told their little boy had a tumour above his right knee. He endured 10 months of chemotherapy and surgery - he's made a good recovery but sadly, he won't be able to play football again. To lift his spirits and give him something to look forward to, his family applied for a wish and he chose to see a top team play in Barcelona. Read his story.