Reece’s love for gaming
The brain tumour 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 battle with cancer would have been far worse.
why we do it
fUN AND sMILES
The charity aims to provide fun and smiles to children and young people spending time in hospitals and hospices throughout the United Kingdom. We know whilst Reece was in the hospital, wheeling in a Medical Gaming Cart 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, young people, parents and families who are plunged into these situations.
Missed by all
A little soldier
End of May 2017
Reece developed double vision. He was immediately booked in for an eye examination at the local opticians, once seen he was referred to Pinderfields Hospital eye clinic.
Saturday 3rd June 2017
Reece was checked over by the eye specialist at Pinderfields Hospital, Reece was given a follow-up appointment to carry out more tests later that week.
Thursday 8th June 2017
Reece and his parents returned to Pinderfields Hospital, there we were told the devastating news that Reece had brain cancer. We were promptly referred to the children’s oncology department at Leeds Children’s Hospital.
Friday 9th June 2017
Leeds Children’s Hospital, Reece’s parents were told he had an Inoperable and incurable brain tumour known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), Reece would not survive longer than 12 months.
The only treatment for Reece would be 30 sessions of radiotherapy, this treatment was only to prolong his life and was purely palliative.
Throughout the next few months
Reece endured, brain surgery, 6 weeks of radiotherapy treatment, more MRI scans, multiple outpatients appointments, the list goes on.
It truly amazed us how he battled through the relentless treatments and hospital appointments. The sheer resilience, bravery, courage, and determination Reece showed was beyond inspiring. He truly was our little soldier.
Reece’s health slowly started to decline. Like so many kids, Christmas was always such a special time of the year. Yet he struggled on, always keeping his unique sense of humour whilst smiling in the face of extreme adversity
By Late February 2018
Reece’s sadly lost the use of his left arm. Reece was no longer able to play the games he loved. The loss of movement impaired his grip on the console controller, this was a huge blow to Reece, both mentally and physically his confidence rapidly declined.
Sunday 4th March 2018
Aged 11, Reece sadly passed away at home, leaving a family devastated beyond belief.
Reece was taken far too soon. he deserved so much more and without doubt, he had so much more to give, but sadly Reece will never have the chance.
Reece’s short life will not be forgotten, his legacy will continue through his love of gaming and his gamer-tag ‘TheRockinR’, this will provide much-needed help and support to many other children and young people. We hope many others will benefit from what we experienced and witnessed as a family.