posted on 14 October 2011

The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats were incredibly saddened to hear the news that brave young six-year old Jack Marshall passed away yesterday morning.

Empire Tapes present a cheque to 'Jack Marshall Brain Tumor Fund' fundraiser Bob Riach at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium during the 2011 season

Jack was an inspirational young child who sadly lost his battle to overcome a brain tumour after a brave two year fight. Despite Jack’s gruelling operations and high strength chemotherapy treatments, he always managed to have a smile on his face and a sense of unbelievable determination for a boy of such a young age.

Jack’s mother Tracey Marshall issued a statement on Jack’s Twitter page yesterday morning informing his 90,609  followers that the world had now ‘changed forever’. She stated, “We are all devastated, but take comfort in the fact that Jack lived life to the full right up to the very end.”

“We are so very proud of Jack and the way he dealt with his disease, with a smile and a glint in his eye. Thank you, everyone of ‘Jacks Army’ for all your help and support so far.”

The Wildcats gave their full support to the ‘Jack Marshall Brain Tumour Fund’ a number of months ago, a fund that was set up to support Jack in any way and also to raise awareness of Childhood Brain Tumours in the wider community in order to help future sufferers and their families.

Wildcats partners, ‘Empire Tapes’ held a charity event in Scunthorpe and asked all their customers to donate to ‘Jacks Fund’ and pledged that they were happy to match the top three donations. In total Empire raised an amazing £2050 for ‘Jacks Fund’ and just as importantly they raised the awareness of Brain Tumours in Children greatly.

The Wildcats first team players joined a whole host of sporting celebrities in supporting the fund and sported the ‘Jacks Fund’ wristbands to help in further raising awareness.

Now that Jack sadly no longer needs the funds raised for treatment and equipment, Jack’s family will be distributing the money to charities and organisations that have been closely connected to Jack throughout his illness. The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are urging all supporters to help Jacks incredible family and continue supporting the fund. To make your own donation in Jack’s memory please click here to be taken directly to the fund’s donation page.

The Wildcats would like to send our sincere condolences to Jack’s family and friends.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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