Children With Cancer Fund (Polegate)
5 Western Avenue, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6EP Tel: 01323 488561
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The story below was sent to us by Kieran’s parents, Eileen and Mark, in November 2011.
Every day 10 families are given the devastating news that their child has cancer. Sadly, on January 31st 2011, we were one of these families.
Our son Kieran Weeks was a typical 16 year old, enjoying life and working towards his dream of becoming a professional golfer. He was in the second term of his golf apprenticeship when he noticed that he had double vision and recurring headaches. Within a few days we rushed him to Eastbourne DGH A&E department where a later scan confirmed that he had a brain tumour in the pineal region. Kieran was taken as an emergency to Hurstwood Park Neuroscience Centre where the first operation to release a dangerous build up of fluid on his brain was performed. This is where Kieran’s cancer journey began.
The next few months were a catalogue of hospital appointments, admissions and operations. Kieran’s tumour was quickly diagnosed as an extremely rare intracranial germ cell tumour that would require an intense course of chemotherapy and Radiotherapy, all of which would take place at the Royal Marsden Hospital, a world leading cancer hospital in Surrey London. As the Chemotherapy had not shrunk the tumour, Kieran also underwent a 12 hour operation by a skilled surgeon called Mr Sorin Bucur at Hurstwood Park to reduce the size of the tumour before radiotherapy. The operation was a massive success in that Mr Bucur managed to remove the whole tumour. We shall be eternally grateful for the skill and expertise of Mr Bucur.
Throughout his journey, Kieran always remained positive and upbeat. He showed us a remarkable side to his character that made us immensely proud. One day whilst having the weekly checkup of his Hickman line, his community nurse Louise Pike told us about a charity in Polegate called "Children with Cancer". We’d been discussing ways in which Kieran could continue to play golf even though he had been zapped of all his energy by the chemotherapy, when Louise mentioned that Children with cancer could help. It wasn’t long before Chris & Ursula contacted us and offered to pay for a motorized golf trolley which would save Kieran from carrying his clubs. Kieran was absolutely delighted!
Today we’re very pleased and relieved to report that Kieran is recovering very well and has finished all of his treatment. He has returned to Sussex Downs College to continue his apprenticeship. His cancer journey has made him appreciate things in life that he may have took for granted such as being able to play golf! Now that he’s reached the end of his treatment we, as a family, (and our close friends) would like to give something back to some of the charities who supported us.
Our very good friends, Carl & Christine Hipgrave, recently organized a charity Quiz night, and raffle, to raise money for the "Children With Cancer Fund". The event took place at Willingdon Golf Course, Kierans home course. Thanks to the generosity of the people who took part in the event, a total of £657 was raised! A special thanks to Local businesses who donated generous raffle prizes include; Oasis Windows, The Victoria Hotel, Chopsticks Chinese food, Deans Place Hotel in Alfriston, and Willingdon Golf Club.
And our fund raising doesn’t stop there! Kieran is also raising money for CLIC Sargent, by taking part in an abseil event at Epsom Downs in December.