Fab festive joy for ‘Jamie’s Journie’

Jamie Harkin pictured with Santa Claus and the Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Elisha McCallion at the Christmas Lights turn-on in Derry last week.
Jamie Harkin pictured with Santa Claus and the Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Elisha McCallion at the Christmas Lights turn-on in Derry last week.
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The last seven days have been busy for Derry teenage cancer survivor, Jamie Harkin.

Sixteen year-old Jamie is the founder of a local support group called ‘Jamie’s Journie’.

‘Jamie’s Journie’ helps local young people who are battling cancer. Jamie and several other children helped Santa Claus to officially switch on the Christmas lights in Derry recently.

On Saturday, Jamie attended a special fund raising event at Million Dollar Fitness in the Waterside where his organisation was presented with a cheque from fitness instructor, Dee McCahill.

The team at Million Dollar Fitness donated a month’s worth of funds to ‘Jamie’s Journie’.

The money was raised through various initiatives such as a sponsored climb of Mount Errigal, weight loss challenges and a Hallowe’en themed coffee morning.

Finally, seven volunteers took part in a sponsored sky-dive for ‘Jamie’s Journie’ on Sunday.

“It’s been a busy few weeks,” said Jamie.

“When I set-up ‘Jamie’s Journie’ I never thought it would receive such support. The people of Derry and further a field are extremely supportive and to be honest, we would not be able to help the young people affected by cancer if it was not for them.”

In 2011 Jamie complained to parents Trisha and Damien of feeling unwell and lethargic. An x-ray of his lungs revealed that they were full of tumours and that his lung capacity was dangerously low.

After a biopsy and aged 12, Jamie was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 4B.

The words brave, stoic and practical come to mind when describing Jamie. However, Jamie, his parents and little sister Faith would be tested again when he relapsed in early 2013.

Jamie is currently on the mend and whilst his battle with cancer has left lasting physical and mental scars Jamie remains upbeat.

“When I was battling cancer I felt awfully alone - I don’t want any young person to feel the same way so that’s why I set-up ‘Jamie’s Journey’. I want to do all that I can to help other people and make sure they don’t feel like they are alone.”

For more information on ‘Jamie’s Journie’ visit the Facebook page.