Raising vital funds for life saving research into osteosarcoma.
Tom sadly passed away in the early hours of Boxing Day 2017 after a brave 2-year long battle against osteosarcoma. He was just 19 when he left us.
He was the eldest of our 4 boys and was a talented football player and golfer. He loved his local team Reading FC and was a loyal Royal through good times and not such good times. He was a hugely popular lad amongst all of his footy, golfing and college mates.
Tom was diagnosed in March 2016 and spent the remainder of that year undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and a replacement knee operation. He continued with some further treatment during early 2017 but the cancer returned to the back of the same knee in May, so another operation followed by six weeks of radiotherapy. September and October 2017 were great for Tom; he returned to college and the family enjoyed a holiday in the sun. In November, Tom started feeling unwell again; the cancer had returned this time to his lungs and within two months of our holiday, Tom had passed away at home.
Tom fought his illness so bravely and with a determination that we are all so proud of. He passed his driving test whilst feeling really unwell with chemo, he sat his first year A-Level exams in hospital, he captained the junior section of his golf club as best he could to name a few achievements during his illness. He was an inspiration to us all.
Tom is missed every single day by everybody that knew him. We try to smile every day for you Tom remembering all those fun and happy times we had together
What we have done in Tom's memory
Nobody so young should have to go through something so awful, but of course there are many families such as ours. We want to help push forward the research into bone cancer, and specifically osteosarcoma, and to also help support those who are so cruelly touched by this disease.
It is our aim to raise £100,000 over the coming years in memory of Tom. 75% of the money raised will be donated to Bone Cancer Research Trust, and 25% to Kamrans Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford who do such a fantastic job treating and caring for children with cancer.
We also want to raise the awareness of this cruel disease so that an early diagnosis can be made wherever possible.
Supporting Tom's Fund
We have setup a Virgin Money Giving Page to co-ordinate all fundraising activities. All donations are received with huge thanks, and any ideas for fundraising or donations for raffles and auctions that can be used to help raise money are also gratefully received.
We thank you and appreciate your time to read Tom's Story
The Stead Family xx
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