TheRockinR Gaming Charity was founded by Reece Miree’s family after losing their 11-year-old son to an inoperable and incurable 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’s Love for Gaming
TheRockinR Charity was officially registered as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) with the Charity Commission in England and Wales, Reg No. 1178420 on 17th May 2018.
The charity is based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Approximately 10 miles from Leeds City Centre
Reece, throughout his short life loved Gaming, YouTube and Twitch live streams. TheRockinR was Reece’s online game tag. Many times he expressed his passion to become a professional Gamer.
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.
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 were being treated for various cancer diagnosis.
The charity aims to provide fun and smiles to children and young persons spending time in hospitals and hospices.
We know whilst Reece was in hospital, wheeling in a Mobile Gaming Unit would have meant the world to him, offering a welcome distraction, it would have brought a big smile to his face, for sure.
We founded TheRockinR to help children and families who are plunged into these situations.
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
Quite simply, DIPG is the deadliest paediatric brain
DIPG is a cancerous brain stem
For every Mobile Gaming
Brain tumours are the main cause of cancer deaths in children and young people