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Jack Marshall – An amazing little man

Beth Howell has sent us this amazing tribute to Jack Marshall – a wonderful little boy – It is  Jack and everyone diagnonsed with a brain tumour that keep us going – determined to fund the fight against brain tumours.

“A Hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles” – Christopher Reeves

Jack Marshall (aka Jackamo), just typing the name brings a smile to my face. The quote above, for me, sums Jack up completely. Jack Marshall is a true hero, having battled a brain tumour and endured many hospital visits over his short life. Jack still continued to smile every day and find the courage and the strength in himself to live his life to the full.

I, like many people was devastated to hear the sad news that Jack had passed away on the 13th October 2011. Jack fought until the very end, being cuddled by his beloved Snowman and Meerkat, surrounded by people who loved him so so much. As everybody will know, Jackamo was a HUGE Manchester United fan, from a young age Jack LOVED football. We have seen so many pictures of Jack as a toddler, playing football out the garden with his brother Josh…these are some of my favourite pictures of Jack. Jack had a passion for football and I truly believe that this passion is what kept Jack with us that much longer. Jack touched so many hearts and lives, some of these people being, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs…I could go on! A special visit was arranged for Jack to meet Manchester United players, as always Jacks mum Tracey posted pictures of Jack. The pictures of Jack meeting his favourite player in the whole wide world Wayne Rooney melted my heart. And in true Jack Marshall style (he’ll do what he wants!) Jack captured Wayne’s heart too. Tracey tweeted the conversation had between Jack and Rooney – “excuse me Rooney; I’d like to kiss you!” Rooney (of course) happily obliged (who wouldn’t say yes to a kiss off Jackamo!) Then Jack said “Roooney, guess what I love you! You’re the best footballer in the world!” the pictures were amazing to see and I will never forget seeing them, videos were later posted of Jacks reaction to some of Rooney’s tweets to Jack (lump in the throat!) for this I have the utmost respect for Rooney, he made a little boy VERY VERY happy!

Jack loved United and that’s exactly what he achieved…Jack UNITED everyone, regardless of what team you supported! United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal to name a few, everybody came together to support this amazing little BIG United fan!

Jack also had a strong connection with Jack Wilshere the Arsenal FC player. As always Jack captured yet another heart and Wilshere spent an awful lot of time with his name sake. Jack and his family spent some time with Wilshere at his home and at the Arsenal ground, watching him play. There were various pictures posted of the two boys on Twitter and Facebook and it was clear just how much the two boys loved spending time together!

For me checking Twitter and Facebook has become part of my daily routine, seeing Jacks smile…like a ray of sunshine always brightens up my day!! Most people will know Jack from Twitter/Facebook, and it is all down to his loving and AMAZING mother Tracey Marshall keeping us all updated on this little man’s adventures and what fun things he’s got up to!  I, like many people have bought a Jack Marshall Brain Tumour Fund band from www.jacksfund.co.uk  to show my support for Jack and to help raise awareness. I wear my band with pride every day and will do indefinitely. This is my constant reminder that even though Jack is no longer here in person he is ALWAYS here in spirit.

I wanted to write this primarily for Jack, but I feel that I must mention Jacks amazing family. Tracey, Craig and Joshua, the love and adoration they show for Jack is amazing and is clear for everyone to see.

Tracey Marshall is an exceptional woman! She has shown courage, determination and love like I have never seen before! I feel privileged to be able to “know” such an amazing woman. Somehow and from somewhere Tracey found the strength to carry on and make Jacks life as enjoyable and fun as possible. If you looked up Mum in the dictionary I’m sure Tracey Marshall would be written under it! She fought to the end for her Jackamo and never gave up! Jackamo’s memory will carry on through her and the rest of Jacks family.

It’s a cliché when people say they’ve known someone who “changed their lives” but Jack Marshall has changed mine. It is a privilege to say that I follow him, and I will continue to for a very long time.  Jack is my hero, at 6 years of age Jack showed more courage and determination that most people will show in their entire lifetime and for that reason I will always be in awe of him.

Jack may not be here anymore in person but he’s here in his family and every member of #jacksarmy. Jack is a little star and always will be!

We love you Jackamo, always! Sleep tight gorgeous boy xxxxxxxxxxx


Written by Beth Howell                                                            Twitter: (@bumbleb1987)

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