Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brave Jordan Loses Battle with Cancer; Big Sam Pays Tribute to Talented Teenager

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brave Jordan Loses Battle with Cancer; Big Sam Pays Tribute to Talented Teenager

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Byline: By Jule Wilson

A SCHOOLBOY and promising young footballer has lost his 19-month battle with cancer, his devastated parents said yesterday.

Jordan Thompson, 15, of West Denton underwent a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia on Valentine's Day 2006.

The talented sportsman, who was signed with the Newcastle United Academy, completed three months of intensive chemotherapy in May last year and was given the all-clear less than a year later.

Jordan underwent the bone marrow operation to give him the best chance of remaining healthy, but died on Saturday after contracting a massive secondary infection while recovering from surgery.

Jordan's mother Andrea said: "He was absolutely amazing. Everybody says that about their child but I can honestly put my hand on my heart and say that every single person he ever met never had a bad word to say about him.

"Everyone is shocked and devastated because Jordan was such a fighter. He was always so fit and so strong and he just had an effect on everybody."

Andrea said that she and Jordan's father Dave, as well as his sister Ellis, eight, wished to thank everybody that had helped and supported them through Jordan's illness, and the many well-wishers they have heard from since his death at the oncology unit of Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Andrea added: "Our home will never ever be the same without him because Jordan just lit up this house. He was always so happy and kept us going through this.

"He loved visiting the other kids at the teenage cancer unit at the RVI where he received much of his treatment, and was always so positive."

Jordan's death comes just five weeks after his friend and fellow patient John Anderson, 19, lost his seven-year battle with bone cancer, and four months after 22-year-old Fliss Graham, of Gilsland died, three years after contracting Osteosarcoma. …

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