Coventry City favourite Jodi Jones has shown his support for a little girl with a terminal brain tumour.
Teigan Buckley was diagnosed with a rare tumour called Diffuse Pontine Glioma (DIPG) at Easter this year and her battle to stay alive is still running hard as we approach Christmas.
Her story has touched the hearts of many across the city, including Sky Blues star Jodi Jones who has been raising money to help with fundraising towards the nine-year-old’s treatment.
And now Jones has revealed a photo of his latest haircut which depicts the same scar that Teigan has on her head as she bravely battles the tumour.
Jones’ post on Twitter included the words: “You aren’t alone Teigan. I hope you like my new hair style inspired by you.
“You are by far the strongest little girl I know!! You inspire me so much every single day.”
When she was diagnosed with DIPG, it was the middle of the coronavirus lockdown and her mum Lois was heavily pregnant with Teigan’s little brother.
Teigan underwent radiotherapy treatment during lockdown and Lois launched an urgent appeal online to raise £100,000 to fly her eldest daughter to Switzerland for specialist clinical drug trials.
However, more bad news struck as an MRI scan revealed the tumour had grown and the drugs trial had to be stopped.
The family’s fundraising continues though to support whatever treatment is next for Teigan and the total raised so currently stands at over £114,000.
What is DIPG?
Diffuse Pontine Glioma is a tumour that grown in the brain stem and cannot be operated on or treated with chemotherapy.
Radiotherapy can be used but medics have described Teigan’s tumour as ‘terminal on diagnosis’ with no effective cure or treatment.
A two-year survival rate for those with DIPG is around 10 per cent, with a five-year survival rate of just two per cent.
You can find out more at the Team Teigan Facebook page or to add to the fundraising click here.