Raising vital funds for life saving clinical research projects.

Rhodri's Story

Rhodri was a happy guy who was always full of fun and had a wicked sense of humour. He was very sociable and loved being with family and friends. He had time for everyone, young or old, and could light up a room with his cheeky smile. He was a keen sportsman and enjoyed all sports. He was captain of our local youth rugby team and also enjoyed playing cricket for the village team. As a Welsh speaker who had a Welsh medium education, Rhodri was very proud of his heritage.

In May 2005, at nineteen years of age, Rhodri started complaining of a pain in his groin. He was coming to the end of his 2nd year at university and went to see a physiotherapist about his 'groin injury'. As his pain worsened and after two more visits to our GP and a subsequent referral to see a sports injury consultant, Rhodri paid to see an osteopath to see if he could offer any help. The osteopath knew immediately that something was very wrong and sent Rhodri to A&E with a letter he had written about his concerns. An x-ray showed that Rhodri had a tumour on his pelvis.

Rhodri was strong and had such vitality and we were truly devastated to be told that he had an osteosarcoma in his pelvis and it was inoperable. He was then referred to Velindre hospital in Cardiff where his oncologist said that with an aggressive chemotherapy regime, there was a chance he could get Rhodri through surgery thus offering him a chance of survival. Unfortunately, despite all his bravery and determination, Rhodri lost his battle with osteosarcoma in February 2006, nine months after the onset of his symptoms. He was 20 years of age.

What we do for Rhodri

The Rhodri Jones Memorial Appeal was set up to make others aware of osteosarcoma and bone cancer, whilst completing fundraising events to raise money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Since Rhodri's passing, in excess of £140,000 has been raised to fund clinical research projects. Our charitable events have included fetes, concerts, race evenings and a sportsman’s dinner. We are also grateful for the many donations received from local organisations and individuals. Rhodri’s friends have raised an amazing amount of money with personal challenges including marathons, ultra marathons, triathlons, Tough Mudder, a Parish walk and not shaving for 12 months! Some of the events have been and continue to be absolutely epic!

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