Don Black was a sales executive at a car dealership and lived in Essex with his wife, Jacque, and their two beautiful children. When Don became seriously ill and the family needed support his dealer principal immediately got in touch with BEN.
Don was diagnosed with pseudomyoloma peritonei, a particularly difficult cancer to treat. His doctors recommended treatment at a hospital in Hampshire for six weeks. This was difficult for both Don and Jacque as visiting with a young family was almost impossible. Thankfully we were able to help towards costs so Jacque could stay in a nearby hotel for a while and commute the rest of the time. Their BEN welfare officer also approached other charities who have since helped with their general living costs so that they could concentrate on Don's treatment.
His treatment was aggressive and very difficult to bear, and this inevitably had an effect on the entire family. The couple were in desperate need of a break, so we made another grant which helped to give Don and Jacque a vital few days away together.
Tragically, Don lost his brave six year fight against cancer in 2010.
We keep in contact with the family and Jacque knows she can get in touch at any time to ask for advice or just talk things over. We will be here for them.