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Providing interactive Medical Gaming Carts to sick children and young people in hospitals throughout the United Kingdom & Ireland.

Gaming is increasingly being realised in research and practice as a valuable resource for providing support to children and young people with many medical conditions.

Why do we do it?

Gaming is increasingly being realised in research and practice as a valuable resource for providing psychological and social support to children and young people with many medical conditions. TheRockinR has witnessed first-hand the positive impact gaming can have on the emotional well-being of children and young people.

Clinicians have expressed how Gaming Carts allow young people access to activities that remove them from the constraints and anxieties surrounding the hospital environment.

Whilst Reece had his brain tumour, his looks and personality changed. At times he did not want to interact with others because of how he felt or how his speech had been affected. The brain tumour never stopped Reece from gaming. He continued to do this until the very end of his life.

6 Average number of children who interact with the medical gaming cart each day
2190 Average number of children who interact with one medical gaming cart per year
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Reece’s love for Gaming

It gave Reece satisfaction and belonging, knowing he was part of an online gaming community where he could participate 24 hours a day. Without this, we’re certain that Reece’s battle with cancer would have been far worse.

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Reece’s Story: Missed By All

Reece ‘TheRockinR’ Miree was the most selfless, caring and polite young boy anybody could ever meet – a perfect little gentleman with an infectious laugh. Reece was well and truly loved and is sorely missed by all.

End of May 2017

The First Signs

Reece developed double vision. He was immediately booked in for an eye examination at the local opticians, and once seen, he was referred to Pinderfields Hospital eye clinic.

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Saturday 3rd June 2017

Further Tests...

The eye specialist at Pinderfields Hospital checked over Reece. During this time, the eye specialist advised Reece to attend a follow-up appointment later that week to carry out more tests.

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Thursday 8th June 2017

Reece and his Parents returned to Pinderfields Hospital.

As a family, we received the devastating news that Reece had brain cancer. The paediatric doctor promptly referred Reece to the Children’s Oncology Department at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

At this time, Reece started to wear sunglasses with one of the lenses blacked out. The glasses helped aid his double vision (turning four to two) and became a statement accessory throughout his journey.

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Thursday 9th June 2017

Reece was diagnosed with a DIPG Brain Tumour.

At Leeds Children’s Hospital, the specialists told Reece’s parents that he had an inoperable and incurable brain tumour called DIPG.

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is a brain tumour found in an area of the brain stem. It is highly aggressive and difficult to treat, with a survival rate of 0%.

Reece would not survive longer than 12 months.

The only treatment for Reece was 30 sessions of radiotherapy. This treatment was only to prolong his life and was purely palliative.

Reece was diagnosed with a DIPG Brain Tumour. image
Throughout the next few months

Reece endured brain surgery, 6 weeks of radiotherapy treatment, MRI scans, multiple outpatient appointments... and so on.

Reece needed to use a wheelchair for his mobility as the radiotherapy treatment combined with the drugs he was on caused significant fatigue. The specialists prescribed Reece a high dose of dexamethasone (steroids) to help aid brain swelling. His weight, looks and personality began to change, making him feel insecure.

It truly amazed us how he battled through the relentless treatments and hospital appointments with a smile. The sheer resilience, bravery, courage, and determination Reece showed was beyond inspiring. He truly was our little soldier.

Reece endured brain surgery, 6 weeks of radiotherapy treatment, MRI scans, multiple outpatient appointments... and so on. image
December 2017

Reece’s health slowly started to decline.

Like so many kids, Christmas was always such a special time of the year. Throughout the festive season, Reece struggled on, always keeping his unique sense of humour whilst smiling in the face of extreme adversity.

Reece’s health slowly started to decline. image
Late February 2018

The pressure from Reece's Brain Tumour caused Facial Palsy and Paralysis to his left arm.

Reece’s speech was affected, and he sadly lost the use of his left arm. The paralysis meant he could no longer play the games he loved, as the loss of movement impaired his grip on the controller. Being physically unable to game was a massive blow to Reece mentally and physically. His confidence rapidly declined.

The pressure from Reece's Brain Tumour caused Facial Palsy and Paralysis to his left arm. image
Sunday 4th March 2018

Aged 11, Reece sadly passed away at home, leaving our family heartbroken beyond belief.

Nine months was the time it took to go from complete normality to a tragic death; Reece’s life ended far too soon.

He deserved so much more, and without a doubt, he had so much more to give. Sadly, Reece himself will never have the chance.

Reece’s legacy will continue through his love of gaming. TheRockinR Gaming Charity will honour his gamer-tag TheRockinR, providing 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.

Aged 11, Reece sadly passed away at home, leaving our family heartbroken beyond belief. image
20th January 2021

Carol (Reece's Mum) tragically took her life.

When we thought things couldn’t get worse, our beloved Mum/Wife, Carol passed away. The after-effect of losing Reece to DIPG was unbearable, and she struggled to cope daily. The loss of Carol deepened the void in our hearts.

At this point, TheRockinR had the choice to fight or discontinue; we chose to fight.

TheRockinR is a 2-person team run solely by Jonny & Jess (a Father/Daughter team).  Our mission to carry out Reece’s Legacy continues…

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The First Signs image Further Tests... image Reece and his Parents returned to Pinderfields Hospital. image Reece was diagnosed with a DIPG Brain Tumour. image Reece endured brain surgery, 6 weeks of radiotherapy treatment, MRI scans, multiple outpatient appointments... and so on. image Reece’s health slowly started to decline. image The pressure from Reece's Brain Tumour caused Facial Palsy and Paralysis to his left arm. image Aged 11, Reece sadly passed away at home, leaving our family heartbroken beyond belief. image Carol (Reece's Mum) tragically took her life.  image

Why make a donation?

Donations made to TheRockinR help support children and young people in hospitals throughout the UK & Ireland. Your contribution enables us to maintain and sustain existing Medical Gaming Carts. These carts help young patients cope with hospital stays and visits by minimising the effects of stress and anxiety whilst offering a sense of normality and distraction to medical procedures.

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