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Jay Beats Cancer

Jay Beats Cancer

We are so pleased that Jay Patel, who has worked with the driving team of VMI for almost 15 years, has managed to totally beat Pancreatic Cancer against the odds.

Jay was diagnosed with Stage-4 of this severe form of cancer back in July 2017 which has the worst survival record of all cancers. puts the median survival for untreated advanced pancreatic cancer to be about 3 1/2 months with sufferers likelihood of surviving an entire year once diagnoses is made only being slim.  Worryingly, they describe it as largely incurable

Never having had a day off work, Jay only realised that he was sick when he suffered recurring back pain during the loading/unloading of his van and subsequently visited his doctor to find out the cause of this pain, however by this point his cancer was so widespread that he was shocked to be given just 2 weeks to live.

Jay then committed himself to intense radio and chemotherapy with his usual positivity and against expectations, he started to make dramatic progress and the cancer started to shrink. 

His positivity did not go unrecognised - his consultant was so impressed with both his progress and also zest for life, that he was asked to visit other cancer sufferers who had given up on life in order to motivate them not to give up.  Of course, Jay did this with great enthusiasm as well!

Jay’s progress continued and eventually he restarted working at VMI with light duties in the summer of 2018 and has been given a complete bill of good health.

Today, Jay has hung his van keys up for good and spends his days greeting clients at our Acton HQ and supports Lewis in the VMEDIA team which specialises in supplying media cards and battery hire. 

Well done Jay!

Please feel free to leave Jay a goodwill message here

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Author: Barry Bassett

Date: 2019-05-09 13:07:32

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Barry Bassett 3 months ago

Everyone, I heard some very sad news this morning that Jay’s cancer has returned and has done so, with vengeance. For those of you who don’t know the entire story, Jay has been working at VMI for 14 years, since 2005 and had an exemplary sickness record often told me that until 2017, he had never taken a single day sick leave. He was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2017 but despite at one stage, only being given 2 weeks to live, nevertheless made a fantastic recovery and returned to work in 2018. See for the full story. Since being cancer-free since April 2018, he had not been feeling well for the past 2 weeks and told me this morning the sad news that his cancer had returned and his tumour was now the size of a golf ball and growing rapidly. This new tumour was strangling his bile duct and it was this that was causing him to look yellow. He is scheduled to have emergency surgery and will be off work now indefinitely. However, we all know Jay to be a fighter and he plans to fight all of the way, though the chemotherapy which is likely to follow his surgery will be hard and Jay is not as strong as he was when he overcame cancer the last time. Jay still receives his emails and would love to hear words of encouragement from you all and draws strength from positive thinking, so let’s all be positive and help him to have the strength to overcome this latest adversity. Please feel free to send this to all who may know him. We all share sadness for his current condition and his lovely wife, Rita but wish him the best of luck and strength for the future. Barry and family Jay's email address is for those of you wanting to leave him a message.

Victoria Baulcomb, High Value Fundraising Office, Pancr 7 months ago

This is wonderful news, huge congratulations to Jay!!

Anna Hannagan 7 months ago

This has made our day, what a lovely man to support others in a similar situation too. Thanks for sharing :)

James Saligari 7 months ago

I am so happy to hear this news Jay, your happy smile and infectious laugh always made my day each time we met many years back. I wish you the very best.

Peter Versey 7 months ago

Wonderful to hear of your recovery Jay and I greatly admire your support for others sharing the same usually unforgiving cancer. Same goes for our brilliant NHS and Barry you are also a star for your understanding and crucial support.!!

Emily Wylie 7 months ago

Congratulations Jay, that's incredible news!

Joel Anderson 7 months ago

Incredible Jay, great news!!! See you soon.

alex macaulay 7 months ago

Well done Jay, plenty vegetables now to keep PH low Best Alex Macaulay

Scott Munro 7 months ago

Jay, you bloody legend! Congratulations, I've been keeping in touch with your progress, and so pleased to hear you've knocked the bugger off ! So pleased for you and your family. Much love and best wishes from France. Scott

Matt B 7 months ago

That's great news. So lovely to read such positive news of a Friday.

Edgar 8 months ago

Jay!! So happy for you mate! Glad you've beaten the bastard - big hugs! Hope to see you this week when I pop in)

Nisha 8 months ago

I am please to hear that you have beaten cancer. I admire how brave and strong you are never gave up and your positive attitude towards life and strong faith in Maharaj has paid off. God bless you . You will be inspiration to all of us.

Richard Bell 8 months ago

Amazing. Well done mate.

Rob Briancourt (TFG) 8 months ago

I'm so pleased to hear the you've beaten this terrible disease and supporting others al the while too. Well done and very best wishes. Rob @ all at TFG

Kailash Patel (Jay's Sister) 8 months ago

Jay it is such amazing news. Well done. Throughout your treatment you have been very brave. Your determination and positiveness has paid off and of course you didn't give up faith in God. Very proud of you. Keep it up. My and all our family's blessings are with you always. Take care my dearest brother xx

Danny Gagatt 8 months ago

Congratulations Jay. Positivity wins. Well done. Best wishes.

Victoria Baulcomb 8 months ago

This is wonderful news, huge congratulations to Jay!!

Scott Munro 8 months ago

Well done Jay! So pleased for you and your family. Keep on Truckin’

Jay Patel 8 months ago

Thank you

Rupert Style 8 months ago

That’s the most wonderful news, amazing keep smiling Jay

Andrew Leen 8 months ago

Well done Jay

Shane Cairn 8 months ago

Awesome brother, good to hear that :)

Sanjay V Thanki 8 months ago


Owen Hughes 8 months ago

Glad to hear this Jay, hope you're well mate.

Ian Powell 8 months ago

What a moving and inspiring story. Wishing him continued good health

Panos Golfis 8 months ago


Michelle Neate 8 months ago

Amazing man! Just proves what you can achieve with such a zest for life a positive attitude ... looking forward to seeing you soon Jay x

Andy Slightham 8 months ago

Well done , it took my mum In 5 months , don’t often cure pancreatic , nice to see some good news

Paul Robson 8 months ago

Wonderful news for Jay and indeed for all cancer sufferers xx

Eddie Dias 8 months ago

Good for you Jay !!!!

Rachel 8 months ago

Amazing news Jay! Hopefully see you around soon :)

Ken Schijf 8 months ago

Amazing! Congratulations Jay!

Rita Patel (Wifey) 8 months ago

Jay at home has been determined to beat this cancer with his heart, soul, mind and faith, with faith there is nothing you can do. His has strong faith with God.

Andy Parsons 8 months ago

what a legend .great man

Alan Piper 8 months ago

Great story! Good going Jay and well done Barry et al for what must have been invaluable support.

Andy Webber 8 months ago

Well done Jay.. Look forward to seeing you soon...

Amelia Gold 8 months ago

This has made our day! We love Jay - what brilliant news for a Friday! Can't wait to see him soon! xx

Will Currie 8 months ago

What wonderful news! Jay you bloody legend!

Cath Norrie 8 months ago

Fantastic. Well done sir xx Manage

Chris Margrave-Gregory 8 months ago

All done Jay - good luck to you mate x

Stuart White 8 months ago

Amazing news! All the best Mister Jay

Regan Hall 8 months ago

Amazing odds. Jay's energy is the best. Congratulations!

Peter Simons 8 months ago

Awesome! a visit to VMI isn't complete unless I'm greeted at the door by Jay's massive smile and astonishing efficiency!

Richie McGeary, MCR Operator 8 months ago

Great to see a company like VMI. TV Ltd giving support to this man all the best for the future

Graham Curry 8 months ago

Well done Jay! Amazing news. I was devastated when I heard you’d been diagnosed but so proud how you have fought it. You are an inspiration to us all and genuinely one of the nicest people I’ve met in my 11 years in this industry. Remember to enjoy every moment of life in this world. Congratulations and love to you and your family.

Germaine Patrick, 1st Feature Camera Operator CNN 8 months ago

Amen to that

Ben Lancaster, The Progress Film Company 8 months ago

Amazing story.

Daxa & Viru 8 months ago

Hey Jay well done in your perseverance with the dreadful cancer and the tough treatment of chemo. You have manged it very well and come through it. All the family is behind you and very proud of you. God bless you.

Diptesh Patel 8 months ago

As Jay's younger bro up in sunny Middlesbrough can I say a big well done to Jay for beating this horrible disease. Always positive he is and that's why he beat it and his faith in God as Always. Well done

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