April, 2016

Stories on this and other pages (by month) are taken from the postings on the Facebook Blog, 'Jessica Whelan, a fight against neuroblastoma', by Jessica's dad, Andy, and her mum Nicki. Click below for link to the Facebook site.
April 5th, 2016

A massive thank you to Lancashire Police, in particular Hutton Police Headquarters Mounted Unit and Dog Unit, for inviting Jessica to go to meet the horses and dogs.

Jessica had a brilliant morning starting with being picked up from home in a police car and being chauffer driven to the headquarters. Her first stop was the mounted unit where she had a great time in the stables feeding carrots to the different horses and had no fear of stroking each and every one. The mounted unit even tacked up one of the horses so that Jessica could have a ride around the indoor arena before training started. She was even able to watch one of the training sessions and took great delight in trying to spook the horses to scare them as per the instructors request. After feeding more horses and having a look around the transport buses we then went to visit the dog unit.

Jessica saw a few of the dogs, some of them especially fierce and scary, before then being introduced to two of the now retired police dogs, a springer spaniel called Crackers and a german shepherd named Baz. Jessica then got to see both these dogs in action, hiding Crackers' favourite tennis ball for him to find and then watching Baz tackle the obstacle course.

Once again thank you to all those involved in giving Jessica a fantastic morning. She came home absolutely exhausted and ready for a rest.

Thank you so much to Heartfelt and Cherished Photography who invited Jessica and James along for a photoshoot yesterday. This is a sneak preview and I cannot wait to see the rest.
I think today has really wiped Jessica out.
                                                            April 9th, 2016.
With Queen Elsa.

Jessica had a surprise visitor today.....Queen Elsa!!!

Jessica heard a knock on the door and upon answering it was greeted by Queen Elsa who had come to pay her a visit. Queen Elsa did Jessica's make-up and gave her magical powers that will last until midnight tonight. Once make-up was done they both sung songs together before having lessons on how to courtesy and twirl her princess dress.

Jessica was thrilled with her visitor and she already had her Queen Elsa dress on and was actually watching frozen when Queen Elsa arrived.

April 10th, 2016

From Lancashire Mounted Police

Jessica Whelan - A fight against Neuroblastoma - blog on Facebook.

Jessica, aged 4. 
Diagnosed with high risk stage 4 Neuroblastoma 23rd September 2015.

This is her story and also that of her family.
Jessica was diagnosed, in September 2015, with stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a predominantly childhood cancer of the nervous system. It has so far been a long, arduous six month for the family. In February of this year the family were shocked even further to discover that the treatment is not working as it should and Jessica was removed from the clinical trial that she was on.

She is now undergoing a different clinical trial but we have been told by Jessica's oncologist that we are most likely now looking at prolonging of life rather than curing and surviving.

Family and friends are raising money to give Jessica the trips and treats that they think Jessica is deserving of. She has shown such fight and spirit through all this treatment and constantly has a smile on her face. The family want to see and create this smile and happiness repeatedly and these trips and treats will go some way to help with this and to create much needed happy memories for all of the family.
Jessica we hope you had a fantastic day at Lancashire Mounted Branch and we hope to see you again very soon.

April 11th, 2016

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Eyebrow Envy for inviting mummy and Jessica to have a pamper day. Had such a lovely day and met some amazing people. Jessica absolutely loved it and has been asking me to do it all over again.

April 13th, 2016

Daddy has gone back to work today. So as mummy can't take both Jessica and James out because she can't push 2 prams we are making the most of it with her friends visiting her. 
So she had a surprise visit off her best friend Orla and she had absolutely loved it, playing dressing up and dancing to the film frozen.

April 14th, 2016
I have the pleasure of being in the presence of another beautiful princess today.
My girl just loves dressing up.

April 16th, 2016

Thinking months ahead is extremely hard for us, knowing how quickly things can change, knowing how vulnerable Jessica can be. We of course want Jessica to lead as normal a life as possible despite all of this and one further step to normality is the process of her starting primary school in September. Thankfully early this morning we received the news that Jessica has got her first choice alongside one of her best friends.

April 18th, 2016

My girl keeping herself occupied as she can't have cuddles with me as mummy doesn't feel well.

Jessica- "mummy do you feel better yet?"
Mummy-" no not yet baby I wish I was"
Jessica-" I wish you were too mummy I want a kiss and cuddle. I wish I was feeling better too mummy"

Hearing her say that is the worst feeling in the world, knowing I can't cuddle up to her on the sofa whilst James is sleeping is horrible. I know in a few days we will make up for it x

Police from across Lancashire are taking to the ring to help raise vital funds for a four year old girl who suffers with a rare and aggressive cancer.

I am privileged to have the chance to fundraise for a cause which is extremely close to my heart. I am also very thankful to friends, family and colleagues who have got involved to try and make a real difference for Jessica and her family........... PCSO Tom Archer

Click the photo (above) for link to ITV page
Trolley Dash - April 23rd, 2016

A busy weekend ahead for Jessica and some of those doing fundraising for her.

This morning Jessica is at a trolley dash at a new toy store in Blackburn, The Entertainer, where she has one minute to run around and choose what she wants. A massive thank you to The Mall Blackburn for getting in touch with us to make this possible and a huge thank you to The Entertainer for inviting Jessica to take part.

This evening we are off to Salmesbury to watch the combined uniform services slug it out in a charity boxing event in honour of Jessica. I can not thank all those involved for the effort and hard work that all have put in, both in fundraising and also in the intense training to ready themselves for the fight. We can not wait to be a part of it and we are really looking forward to attending.

Tomorrow will be a relaxing day for us, time for Jessica to recover from todays events. We will however be watching the London Marathon in hope of perhaps catching a glimpse of Simon Woods who is running the marathon, raising money for Jessica. Good luck Simon and a huge thank you.

I hope everyone has a good weekend!

A massive thank you to The Entertainer Blackburn and The Mall Blackburn for inviting Jessica to take part in a trolley dash on the stores opening. 
Jessica had an amazing time and is now playing with lots of new toys!

                                      Click these pictures for links to videos.

                                                     Playing with little brother
Fighting with Dad
Pop Up Princesses.
April 24th, 2016
Pictures to follow later on but for now I would like to thank every single person involved in last night's Combined Uniformed Services Boxing event last night. 

The night was amazing and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Despite such a long day, Jessica made it through more than half the fights before being too tired to continue. She was picked up by her granddad and taken home whilst we stayed to watch the rest of the events. She really enjoyed herself and loved watching the fights and all the attention. 

Thank you to all those that stepped into the ring for Jessica, to all those who bought tickets and raffle tickets, to those involved in the preparation. Thank you to Heatseaker promotions and Fit2xl gym for all you have done. Your effort and contribution has been overwhelming and it was an extremely emotional night for us. We were humbled by last night and by the comments and attention Jessica received. 

Once again, as I can not express it enough, thank you.

April 25th

Well as we said yesterday we had a fantastic night at the Combined Uniform Services Boxing Night, all done for the benefit of Jessica.

Again we cannot thank all involved for the huge success that it was and how enjoyable the night was, especially for Jessica.

Here are some photos I took on the night.

April 25th, 2016
Jessica drawing the tickets for the raffle.

April 27th, 2016

The bond these two have it absolutely adorable. Little videos like this just melt our heart. Little brother giving his big sister lots of kisses 

April 29th, 2016

My beautiful princess wearing purple for 
NEUROBLASTOMA DAY. She decided she wanted to wear her princess Sofia dress. Hope everyone is joining in by wearing purple today.