BACK in February, Jamie Whitehouse was only given two months to live.
But he’s still going strong – and he puts this down to a special diet he believes has slowed down the spread of his cancer.
The specialist Budwig diet can cost up to £150 a week, and Jamie has been struggling to afford it as his disease has forced him to quit work.
However, his friends have rallied around, and over the weekend volunteers sat in bathtubs full of curry sauce to help raise cash for the 24-year-old.
Jamie, of Blackbird Close in Waterlooville, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a bone cancer most common in young people – about four years ago.
Since then he has had to undergo several operations and had an amputation of his right leg in 2010, in a bid to halt the disease.
But earlier this year he was told the tumours had spread.
Jamie said: ‘I’ve had a lot of support from my family and friends, they just treat me the same way they always have – but now they’ll steal my leg and things like that, or last year they filled it with beer at the pub and all took a drink from it.
‘Since I’ve been on the diet I do feel better in myself and the rate of growth of the tumours has slowed dramatically.
‘They gave me two months in February, but I’m still here.
‘I worked making kitchens, but that was quite a dusty environment so I can’t do that any more.
‘I don’t want to be a charity case, and I’d rather be at work, but it’s great that people want to help and I do really appreciate it.’
The diet involves a strict organic regime, avoiding preservatives and processed foods.
Jamie’s mum Sue Whitehouse, 44, added: ‘You don’t expect to be told your son has got cancer. It was cruel when Jamie was diagnosed.
‘All the way through, though, Jamie’s been so positive. He’s got back up after every knock-back and he wants to get on with living.
‘His friends have been amazing, and they know what a struggle it has been to keep to the diet because of the cost.
‘He’s only getting £80 a week sick pay, and we’ve been helping, but things like this really do help. It’s lovely to know there are such generous people in the world.’
Volunteers sat in the bath outside Whistlers Fish and Chip shops in Fareham, Hayling Island and Westbourne after the business was contacted by Jamie’s friend Donna Maynard.
Rana Denholm, Whistlers’ owner, took a stint in the curry herself at the West Street, Fareham, branch. Rana said: ‘Donna works for the company that does our printing and she emailed us about Jamie, asking if we could donate a raffle prize.
‘We said we thought we could do a bit more than that and it went from there.
‘We pride ourselves on being a community business, and this was such a touching story that we wanted to help.’