Boas loses battle
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-11-12
A 34-year-old accountant in the entertainment industry from north west London who chronicled his battle with pancreatic cancer on You Tube has died following a year-long fight with cancer.
Jason Boas was diagnosed with the cancer last October and despite the removal of a tumour earlier this year, the cancer spread to his liver.
Despite his condition, Boas, who represented clients including Depeche Mode and KT Tunstall, had become an active campaigner and raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity which included money going to the Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign.
He also founded No Surrender, a charity providing support to young adults battling with cancer.
Boas' father Barry said: ""He took the cancer on the chin and laughed in its face. He stunned us with his bravery and courage."
Speaking candidly to JLifestyle magazine earlier this year, the entertainment accountant who worked as a partner at Harris and Trotter said: "On October 9 2007 I had to inform my parents that I had 18 months to live. I will never forget watching my father freeze with fear, nor my words hitting my mother so hard, one at a time, causing her to collapse on the floor in a pile of tears and muffled screams. Our lives had changed."
He added: "Guilt is always in my mind, guilt that I am putting my poor family and friends through hell. I don't sleep much, it's hard when you "dream" of your own funeral every night."
He also spoke of the need to provide a community online for other similar young adults going through the problems and issues he faced. "I have therefore decided to set up the No Surrender Charitable Trust - which aims to bring support to young adults, and give them an arena to discuss their hopes and fears with one another. I believe beating cancer you need a positive approach, and having a community on the internet, where we can all talk at any time would provide such an approach."
In a statement, Boas' firm Harris and Trotter said: "He faced this disease as he dealt with his life, with good humour and looking for ways in which he could help others."