Reece's Story

It was Reece’s love of gaming which was the inspiration behind TheRockinR Gaming Charity. ‘TheRockinR’ was Reece’s on-line gamer-tag. He was the most unselfish, caring and polite young boy anyone could hope to meet. A perfect little gentleman who was much loved and will be missed by all.

Reece was your average 10-year-old boy, full of life, cheeky and a bundle of laughs, his passion was Gaming, YouTube and Twitch.

He would often watch his favourite Gamers on YouTube and Twitch live streams, always looking for tips and tricks to enhance his own gaming skills. Reece loved gaming,

At the 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 at 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.

By Christmas 2017 Reece’s health slowly started to decline. He struggled on, always keeping his unique sense of humour whilst smiling in the face of extreme adversity.

February 2018. By late February, Reece’s sadly lost the use of his left arm.

Reece was no longer able to play the games he loved. He could not hold the controller correctly, mentally this was a huge blow to Reece’s confidence.

On the 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.

May 17th, 2018, in memory of Reece ‘TheRockinR’ was officially registered as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) with the Charity Commission in England and Wales, Reg No. 1178420.

Reece’s short life will not be forgotten, his legacy will continue through his love of gaming, this will provide much-needed help and support to many other children, young adults, and their families. We hope many others will benefit from what we experienced and witnessed as a family throughout Reece’s nine-month battle with cancer.

We truly do hope to make a difference.

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TheRockinR Gaming Charity

16 Sunnyhill Crescent, Wrenthorpe, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 0PR, United Kingdom.

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