Northumberland dad inspired by daughter's battle against leukaemia

THE FATHER of a young girl who is battling leukaemia has released his own instrumental album inspired by her fight to raise money for a blood cancer charity.

THE FATHER of a young girl who is battling leukaemia has released his own instrumental album inspired by her fight to raise money for a blood cancer charity.

Jonathan Bradley’s world was turned upside down when his only daughter Jenna was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in August 2011 when she was just three years old.

Jenna, now four, has endured intensive chemotherapy but is nearing the end of her treatment and has started reception at Ovingham First School, in Northumberland.

Inspired by his daughter’s battle, 36-year-old Jonathan has penned his own instrumental album, Enemy in the Blood, to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

“A lot of the music is based on chemotherapy sequences used to treat ALL, which are part-translated into musical phrasing which also injects some of the typical emotive background that goes on,” said Jonathan, who lives in Ovingham, Northumberland, with wife Claire, also 36, and Jenna. “Since Jenna was diagnosed with ALL, I figured that helping to raise money was probably the best way in channeling my efforts.

“The album is a story of leukaemia treatment,” said Jonathan, a professional photographer. Jenna, who was born with a rare but mild form of cystic fibrosis, is nearing the end of her treatment cycle, which will finish on December 23.

“Jenna thankfully is doing just great,” said Jonathan.

“She is into the final year of what’s known as a maintenance cycle. It just means you are treating the remaining leukaemia with very small amounts of chemotherapy, which is what has worked for Jenna.

“She had six months of very heavy and intensive chemotherapy and the next 18 months plus, it’s been a little longer than two years for Jenna, it is very small amounts of chemotherapy.

“She has started school and is getting through her first year of school, when July comes that will be reception over and done.

“What makes it better in one sense is that she loves it, she’s doing really well at school and in some areas exceptional which we are thrilled with.

“The teachers are fantastic, I think it is fair to mention the way the school has treated her leukaemia because there are certain guidelines we still have to follow.

“We have to be very careful with diseases like chicken pox and in particular with the measles going round.

“A child with an ordinary immune system can beat chicken pox but for Jenna, it could kill her.

“I have to say the school have been fantastic, they are on the ball.”

He added: “We are definitely seeing the light at the end.”

Jonathan, who also raised money for the charity through a sponsored leg wax and Beefy’s Great British Walk, is currently planning a fundraising cycle ride with ex-Olympic cyclist Yvonne McGregor MBE to take place in spring 2013.

Enemy in the Blood is currently available on iTunes and is set to be released imminently on other sites including Spotify and Amazon.

You can find out more about Enemy in the Blood and Jonathan’s additional fundraising on his webpage at https://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/people/jonathan-bradley  and on Twitter at @brad_photo

 

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