When 9 year old Jensen Lambeth was recently diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma – a rare form of liver tumour – the first reaction amongst this local community was one of shock. The aspiring, young goalkeeper is a popular young member of his junior team, and his local school, and the news has a huge shock to the everyone.
But after the shock of the news subsided, the community in typical fashion came together to look forward and the ways they could support Jensen. His family set up a Go Fund Me page to raise funds and awareness to support Jensen, his parents and two younger siblings. And within 48 hours, the goal had been reached after a remarkable level of support shown from the local Northern Beaches community, and from the wider soccer family.
To Support Jensen head to his Go Fund Me Page.
The news of Jensen’s situation has touched many with donations and support from a huge array of household names, including former Socceroos Craig Foster, Craig Moore, Mark Schwarzer and Mark Bosnich, A-League stars Bruce Djite and Scott Jamieson, former Matilda’s captain Melissa Barbieri, Asian Cup winning Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou and TV hosts Adam Peacock, Daniel Garb and Lucy Zelic.
The Lambeth family have been blown away by the wave of support, updating Jensen’s Go Fund Me page on Sunday.
” Oh my goodness Team Jensen thankyou so much! The response to Jensen’s story has been absolutely staggering. I just cannot thank you all enough for what you have done for the family.”Rachel Lambeth
Community means so much at Avalon SC, and it’s the key to what has driven such success over the past few years. Junior Vice-President Sharon Burton is rightly proud of the reaction of the club’s members over the weekend.
“It’s been heartwarming to see our community club members rally together for such a worthwhile cause.” Said Burton.
“It shows how Jensen’s plight is so dear to hearts of so many people at Avalon Soccer Club.”
On Saturday the club presented Jensen’s team with a named goalkeeper shirt, a club hoodie and cap to pass onto him, and he received a shirt signed by his teammates before beginning treatment last week.
There are more initiatives in the pipeline to assist Jensen over the coming weeks as we continue to support him and his family through his treatment, and look forward to welcoming him back to The Bay!