I would like to introduce you to Overton St Helens leavers class of 2017 and Reece’s friends
They are coming back together to do something remarkable for Reece on the 13th Sept after one of his classmates Ben and his Mum
came up with an idea!
A couple of weeks ago, my son Ben came to me and said “Mum, have you seen the video Rachel has posted on Facebook?” We sat together and watched Rachel tell people what is was like to wake up every day without Reece and the struggles she faces every day.
With tears in my eyes, I knew I couldn’t just wipe them away and carry on. I had to do something to help; so here we are.
For those of you that don’t know, Rachel is the mum of an incredibly brave and inspirational boy called Reece.
In 2016, out of the blue, Reece, a normally healthy and happy young boy, collapsed at home. After emergency surgery at Alder Hey, it was discovered that he had an Anaplastic Astrocytoma; an extremely rare and malignant tumour that affects only about 10 children a year.
Over the following years, Reece battled. He and his family went through something that no 13 year old, or any child for that matter, should have to go through.
Throughout numerous rounds of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, dealing with seizures, emergency visits to the hospitals and everything else that comes with it, Reece accomplished some amazing things.
Not only did he pass his 11+ and get a place at Lancaster Royal Grammar school, he also won several awards for his determination to achieve his goals and fundraising.
In one single day he managed to raise over £10,000! Not bad for an 11 year boy with a brain tumour!
Even though he was suffering with all the side effects that come with the treatment and the illness he had, he continued to go to school and keep raising money for his registered charity that we all know today, as Team Reece.
Sadly, Reece passed away on the 18th January 2019, at the age of 13.
Reece achieved so much. His fundraising efforts meant he could purchase a holiday home that other families could use and enjoy, and he also helped fund research with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
We need to continue Reeces legacy and keep fundraising to help other children and families that are going through the same thing. We need to help raise money for research and find better treatments options and even potential cures for childhood cancer.
So, what are we doing? My son Ben went to primary school with Reece so I thought, why not get the old class back together again and raise some money as a group and that’s what we’re going to do.
With Forever13 in our hearts, this group of friends, on the 13th September at 13:00 hrs are going to cycle 13 miles down Morecambe promenade to raise money for Reece and his charity.
Us mums will be stationed down the prom wearing gold for Childhood Cancer awareness and with buckets ready to take your donations! So please, dig deep and help these friends raise money for their friend that was taken too soon. The link is below!
Please also hope for good weather!