Jodi leaps in to action to raise NET awareness

The 4Eco skydive team EMN-141009-132640001
The 4Eco skydive team EMN-141009-132640001

A woman who beat a “little known” form of cancer has completed a 15,000ft skydive to raise more than £1,000 for charity.

All three Directors of 4eco Ltd, based in Binbrook, took to the skies to raise money for cancer charity, the ‘NET Patient Foundation’, which helped to support Director Jodi Huggett through her cancer trauma.

Jodi Huggett after her skydive EMN-141009-132618001

Jodi Huggett after her skydive EMN-141009-132618001

Last year, Jodi, from Nettleton, was diagnosed with a Neuroendocrine Tumour, NET. It took Jodi weeks of research following her diagnosis before she was correctly treated by the Royal Free Hospital in London, which has a dedicated team of NET specialists.

Jodi had spent years suffering from what she believed to be Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, but was most likely to have been the symptoms of a Neuroendocrine Tumour NET and she is now on a mission to raise awareness of these Cancer types.

It was thanks to the NET Patient Foundation that she could gather much needed information on her condition to help understand the Cancer and find other survivors of NET’s.

Jodi underwent an extensive operation to remove the NET, which was the size of a large orange, this was followed by an intensive programme of chemotherapy.

The Directors of 4eco Ltd, Robin Barrett, Lee Sutton, Jodi Huggett, Jodi’s husband Ian Huggett and friends took part in a 15000ft tandem skydive with Skydive UK in Devon and so far have raised over £1,000.

Jodi said “Before being diagnosed with the illness, I hadn’t heard of neuroendocrine tumours.

“I relied heavily on support of organisations like the NET Patient Foundation throughout to help me to understand the treatments and outcomes. After receiving the all clear, I wanted to give something back – not only to raise awareness of the rare cancer, but also to highlight the importance of early diagnosis.”

Catherine Bouvier, CEO at the NET Patient Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Jodi and her team have decided to embark on this challenge to raise awareness of NETs.

“As a charity, we are working very hard to put NETs higher on the cancer agenda, both in terms of research into treatments and also to 
achieve earlier diagnosis for patients.

“For Jodi, the journey to a correct diagnosis was fraught with frustration and anxiety. We are tirelessly trying to change the current 61% misdiagnosis rate for NET cancers and to ensure all patients get referred to expert specialist teams and have the support, education and access they deserve.”