Jasmin Hayat was a bright and energetic young girl, full of love, life and personality.
Sadly, in April 2015, aged just 6 years old, Jasmin was diagnosed with a brain tumour, DIPG.
This cancer has a 0% survival rate and is most common in children aged 5-7. It is felt that finding a cure for this most severe form of cancer could signify a cure for all cancers.
This news was understandably devastating for the Hayat family, and has forever changed their lives. After a brave fight to beat this horrible disease, Jasmin sadly lost her battle in April 2016, leaving a huge void in the family.
Throughout the time from Jasmin’s diagnosis, through her treatment and after their sad loss, Jasmin’s Mother, Rukhsana, wrote a collection of poems, bravely displaying the raw emotions she faced whilst watching her daughter face this terrible illness. The poems show the unimaginable journey that she faced as a mother having to watch the effect this tumour had on Jasmin and slowly seeing it take her beautiful daughter from them. Each poem is full of love for Jasmin and follows the journey from diagnosis, treatment, watching her slip away and then coping without her there any longer.
Together with Rukhsana, we have turned these poems into a book - a fitting tribute to the beautiful Jasmin. The book is available for purchase at £10 per copy, with all the proceeds being split between Sebastian’s Action Trust, who have supported the family throughout their journey and beyond, and also ‘Funding Neuro’, who fund research into DIPG, the type of brain tumour that Jasmin was diagnosed with (www.fundingneuro.com).
Jasmin’s school (Castleview School, Woodstock Avenue, Slough, SL3 7LJ) held a special ‘Jasmin’s Day’ on the 8th July 2017 where the the book was launched. Along with the sales of the book and funds from the other stalls and activities on the day the school raised just over £5000! An amazing achievement and which will go directly towards funding research into treatment and a cure for DIPG.
If you would like to order a copy, please call the office on 01344 622500 and we will happily help take your order.