It is with great sadness that we share with you the loss of one of our longest standing warriors, our Hobbit, our pirate, Reece.
Reece was just like many other little boys his age, he loved gaming, Captain Jack Sparrow and The Lord of the Rings but unlike most boys of his age Reece drew upon courage that men would find hard to muster, decided it was time to stop and published a bucket list. The world united to make his wishes come true and we were all blown away by the love shown to Reece and his family by complete strangers.
Reece defied the odds all the way along keeping everyone in his team, doctors, his friends and family, us here at FAN on our toes right up to the end... clever little boy... a real loss to the world. Reece leaves behind his devastated family, parents Kay and Paul and siblings Ryan, Jamie and Nikki and many more who knew and loved him dearly.
Enjoy Sun City kiddo...
Read Reece's story and journey below:
Hello! My name is Reece Puddington, I am 7 years old and live in Seasalter, Whitstable with my family.
You can read my full story further down the page, but here is my most recent update.
Hi this is Reece here, I'd thought about doing a bucket list ever since I relapsed but as I had spent the best part of it thriving and shifting disease, it isn't something I wanted to rush. Given my recent decline in health I feel now is the time and I'd like to share it with you all
Some things won't be possible and some things will remain a dream, but they will be MY wishes
MY BUCKET LIST...
An Alienware laptop (as I can no longer get out of bed)
A bedroom of my own
An Xbox one (I'm gaming mad)
To see the Hobbit - Desolation of Smaug movie
To collect £1000 in £20 notes (I've already got to £540!)
A money clip to hold all the money
A holiday to Sun City in South Africa (I've always wanted to go since seeing the destination on Worlds Strongest Man)
Meet Johnny Depp dressed in character as Captain Jack Sparrow (my favourite movies)
A Whetherspoons breakfast with my favourite people
A Wikipad gaming pad (just cause they look quite cool)
To have a Hobbit House in my back garden (how cool is that)
I'd love to see my mum learn how to drive (it's been too long)
A black beats pill
A blue PS4 controller
Wednesday 6th September 2012.
The update my mum never wanted to write... I have relapsed, my mum explained this means my cancer has come back again. I still feel OK, but I know I am going to get sick all over again, and I know my family are very worried. I will be starting chemotherapy again here in England, but my Mum and Dad have explained that there isn't very much chemo I can have now and I might have to go far away to get the medicine that might make me better. I am also starting a special diet and different types of therapies that will hopefully help me fight the Neuroblastoma and win again.
A message from Reece's mum:
Reece understands what he is now facing, but he can't even begin to understand the price tag attached to accessing a potential cure. We have raised a small amount while Reece was well, and this has been used to begin a regime of anti-cancer food and supplements. We have accepted the chemotherapy that has been kindly offered to us, but while we hope this will be enough to rid his body of the cancer once more, we also know that it might not, and there will be nothing left to try. With this in mind we feel we must try to raise enough for a relapse option in Germany. This will cost in the region of £150,000. We will work as hard as we can to give Reece this lifeline, but we need your help. Please donate whatever you can, and help us share his story. If everyone who heard about Reece gave just £1, he could have his safety net in place, in time.
If you would like to get involved with Reece's appeal, perhaps by organising an event or supporting existing ones, please get in touch with us via this page
Thank you xxxx
A message from Reece:
In April (2008) my back and left hip were hurting me so much that after a trip to my doctors and my local hospital I had an ultrasound scan. After doing this on the 9th May they found a tumour on the adrenal gland on the top of my right kidney which they told mummy was cancer.
The lovely doctors magically put me to sleep so that they could fit a Hickman line to my chest, so that they could give me a drug to help make me better. This is called Chemotherapy. I like to call my Hickman line my Wigglies. They also fitted an NG tube that goes through my nose into my stomach so that I can be fed a special milk overnight as I kept losing too much weight.
For the next 6 days I had to be a very brave boy and have lots more tests done before I could start my chemotherapy. The tests results revealed that the cancer had spread to my bone marrow, sternum, the left side of my pelvis and my right femur. My condition would now be known as Neuroblastoma Stage 4.
Since then I have had 8 rounds of chemo, 4 lots of a stronger chemo, stem cell harvest, major surgery, a high dose chemo followed by a stem cell transplant, radiotherapy and 6 months of cis retonic acid tablets. As well as all of that I have had shingles, sepsis and countless blood and platelet transfusions.