Who We Are
TheRockinR Charity was founded by Reece Miree’s family after losing their 11-year-old son to an inoperable brain tumour known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). Reece was diagnosed on the 9th June 2017 and sadly passed away at home on the 4th March 2018.
Reece, throughout his short life loved gaming and YouTube. TheRockinR was Reece’s online game tag. Many times he expressed his passion to become a successful Gamer and YouTuber.
Whilst Reece had his brain tumour his looks and personality changed. At times Reece did not want to interact with others because of the way he felt or how his speech had been affected. However, this never stopped Reece gaming. He continued to do this until the very end of his life. It gave him satisfaction and belonging, knowing he was part of an online gaming community that he could take part in 24 hours a day. Without this I’m certain that Reece’s nine-month battle with cancer would have been far worse.
Why We Do It
TheRockinR values, ethics and motivation are what we as parents experienced and witnessed, not just throughout Reece’s nine-month battle with cancer, but with many other families, we met who also
At present, there is no cure for DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). Little is known of why predominantly it only affects children and young persons. The median prognosis of DIPG is 9 months. Throughout the UK 40 children per year are diagnosed with this brain tumour, with a survival rate of less than 1%.
Brain tumours are the main cause of cancer deaths in children and young people.
Reece with famous YouTuber Jack Septiceye
Mobile Gaming Units
The Mobile Gaming Units are to support children through the healing process as they undergo treatment in children’s hospitals.
Our goal is to provide a Mobile Gaming Unit to children who are immobile, have limited access to activities or are in hospitals for certain periods of time.
We offer equipment to healthcare professionals with the means to make activities and technology accessible. TheRockinR aims to create and maintain experiences that produce joy and contentment whilst minimising stress and anxiety for patients.
Undergoing medical treatment can often be a scary and isolating experience, especially for children. There is a special need for age-appropriate coping tools in pediatric hospitals.
TheRockinR Charity aims to help build creativity, promote interaction and offer some sense of normality to patients and families spending time on children’s hospital wards.
Interactive video games can be used within hospital wards to provide relief, offer a distraction, help children engage and even support education, there is a huge range of purposes interactive gaming can serve throughout medical environments.
The Mobile Gaming Units consist of an Xbox One S or PlayStation 4 gaming console, 2 wireless controllers, 24” gaming monitor and a fully approved NHS mobile gaming cart. Every gaming console is complete with pre-loaded age-appropriate video games.