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Flood of support brings father to tears


Tre Greaves

Flood of support brings father to tears
People “pulling up” to make donations towards treatment for Philip Small Jr who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. (Picture by Sandy Pitt)

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The overwhelming support of a fund-raising campaign to help save the life of a teenager fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer brought tears to his father’s eyes yesterday.

A grateful Philip Small Sr said he was not sure how the public would have responded to the Pull Up 4 Philip campaign organised for his son, 18-year-old Philip Small Jr.

“I saw all ages come in from morning. There was a gentleman, 77, who just lives in the neighbourhood. He didn’t know Philip, he just saw the announcement in the media and he came here,” Philip Sr said.

“Then there was another lady who could hardly walk and I saw her strolling coming down. I thought she was going to the supermarket but, no, she was coming to donate. She said she didn’t know him but she said she had to donate, and that brought tears to my eyes because they don’t know me, they just heard our cries and responded to it. This could have gone in a million different ways.”

The father was speaking in the parking area of the Power in the Blood Assembly church, Tudor Bridge, St Michael, where the donation centre was set up.

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