Proud mum’s book about her son brings in donations for brain tumour research

November 03 2015

A BOOK about a young Yate man who died of a brain tumour has already raised more than £1,000 for research into the disease.

A BOOK about a young Yate man who died of a brain tumour has already raised more than £1,000 for research into the disease.
Jon Fredrickson was diagnosed with the cancer when he was 16 after an optician suspected he had a tumour.
He underwent surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy but despite a number of years when things looked positive, the cancer returned.
Just before he died in 2012, the keen Bristol Rovers fan asked his mum, Jacky, to write a book about him.
Keeping her pledge to do so, the book  - Jon, a true story of love, courage and faith - was published recently by Mereo Books of Cirencester.
It is available online, can be ordered from retailer Waterstones and Jacky also has a number for sale, with each one bought directly through her resulting in a donation being made to the Brain Tumour Charity’s Jon Fredrickson Fund.
Jacky, branch leader of Yate Mothers’ Union, said: “Jon lived most of his life in Chipping Sodbury and Yate.
“He was just 26 when he died after a ten-year roller coaster battle with this dreadful illness. More people under 40 die from brain tumours than any other form of cancer.
“The book has been met with a fantastic response and moving reviews. So far more than £1,000 has already been sent to the charity from sales of the book and donations at a recent book launch event.
“I have now been invited to do a display about the book in Yate library from November 4-18, when they will also be on sale.”
Jon was studying for his GCSEs at Brimsham Green School in Yate when he started radiotherapy, even revising in hospital corridors.
He continued into the sixth form and carried on with his life after the treatment but a routine scan in 2008 showed the cancer had come back, despite hopes that it would not return.