The children we work with are truly inspirational and we feel that their stories should be shared with everyone, not just the charity. As a result, we have a number of children who we are delighted to have as Young Ambassadors for the charity, so that they are able to help others around them by sharing their stories.
My name is Macsen Giess and I am 11 years old. I have a brother, Tal and a sister Nel, who are both younger than me. We live in Porthcawl, South Wales with our parents. In May 2011 I was diagnosed with A.L.L PH+ (Leukaemia) and was admitted to Sky Ward in the Children’s Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
I had lots of chemotherapy which made me feel pretty rough and I lost my hair, but the staff were great and the play-girls helped me a lot; but I couldn’t go to school and it was hard for my friends to visit. I had a bone marrow transplant in Bristol Children’s Hospital in November 2011 and I had to be isolated for weeks. Thankfully I was well enough to come home for Christmas, which was brilliant. I stayed recovering at home till May of this year when I had to go back into hospital because I was feeling ill again. This is when I first met Tony Curtis and heard about ‘Dreams & Wishes’.
I was given the ‘ok’ to leave hospital and as I walked outside I thought it was a bit odd because all the nurses were lined up looking at a really cool car. What I didn’t realise was that Mr Curtis had arranged for me to have a lift home in a Ferrari!!! Mum and Dad couldn’t keep up in their car behind us! It was awesome.
I thought it was the best surprise I’d ever had until Dreams & Wishes arranged a helicopter ride for me and my family. I was even allowed to fly it myself! I loved it.
This summer Dreams & Wishes have arranged so many surprises and treats for me. It has really been the best summer I’ve ever had. It’s really made up for having to spend a year in hospital and I am very grateful. I am very proud to have been asked to be an ambassador for the charity and I hope my story will help other children who are not well.
My name is Corris Davies and in April 2011 I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma a type of bone cancer that normally effects teenagers, my tumour was in my femur in my right leg, I’d had pains in my leg for months before, but me, my mum and dad never expected this. Immediately after I was diagnosed I began chemotherapy at the University hospital for Wales on Sky ward, I had lost lots of weight and was feeling really unwell with lots of pain.
In the early stages of treatment I spent lots of time in hospital, I had infections, temperatures and my chemotherapy every three weeks, it was a struggle some days, but the support and kindness of the nurses, play leaders, doctors and support workers was brilliant and helped me through some of my worst days, I’ll never forget how kind they were.
In March 2012 I was invited to London for St David’s day with Dreams and Wishes along with lots of other children that had been unwell like me, although I took my wheelchair I was starting to walk short distances unaided for the first time. The trip to London supported by Dreams and Wishes was brilliant and I can remember having a laugh and joke with everyone on the coach, Dr Dave included along with Dan the social worker and Jasper the wicked magician and comic.
Thanks to Dreams and Wishes I have also been sent on a VIP trip to Manchester United, where I met many legends including Sir Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson and Gary Pallister.
Now I’ve finished my treatment, I still have regular trips to hospital for check-up’s and clinics, but my life has really changed for the better. I have a full head of hair, I have some great friends and I’m able to do the things I missed out on last year!!!
I’ve been swimming, sailing and can walk about without any problems, I no longer take any medication and I’m about to return to school full-time. I have really appreciated all the well wishes and support I have had from everyone while I was ill and now I want to give something back to help others. I must say a big thank you to Dreams and Wishes for their kindness and help and would like to help them spread awareness in everything they strive to do.
My name is Chelsea Davies and I am 16 years old.
In June 2012, I found a lump on my chest, and after going to see my doctor, I was sent to the Heath Hospital to have more tests to find out what the lump was. They diagnosed me with Anaplastic Large T-Cell Lymphoma, which is also known as Non-Hodgkinsons Lymphoma.
I started my treatment pretty soon after I was diagnosed. In August, I was admitted to the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit where I had to have chemotherapy for a couple of months. Having the treatment wasn’t very nice and made me feel very ill, but all of the staff at the hospital were so helpful and helped me to feel better.
When Dreams & Wishes came to me and offered to help me and my family, I was very grateful. They really helped me and my family throughout my illness. The charity has done a lot for me while I’ve been ill and they’ve helped me to make some amazing memories. I’ve been really lucky with all of the things that the charity have organised for me, which have included meeting One Direction, Olly Murs and lots of other X Factor stars, including James Arthur and Rylan Clarke.
Meeting One Direction and Olly Murs was an amazing experience and the charity has definitely made my dreams come true!
I finished my treatment in January 2013, but I had to wait a while to find out if the treatment had worked, which was just as scary as having the treatment. But, on the 19th March 2013 I finally got the all clear, which means the treatment has worked and they have now taken my Hickman Line out.
I was really honoured when Dreams & Wishes asked me to be one of their Young Ambassador’s and I hope that I can help them carry on their good work to help other children just like me.
My name is Naina Dickens-Chauhan, I am thirteen years old and attend Gwernyfed High School. In many ways I am a regular teenager apart from the one thing that sets me apart, the one thing that has taken so much from me, Cancer. It was the 15th of July 2012 that I was finally diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive and rare cancer of the bone.
Towards the end of May 2012 I started to get aching pains in my right ankle, I just thought it was from P.E, which I loved. The pain didn’t go away, it started to move up my leg and intensified, Mum stopped me doing P.E hoping this would cure it, it didn’t, and the pain got worse. Mum started having to carry me down the stairs as the pain in my leg had gotten so bad I could no longer make it down them. Enough was enough, no longer able to walk properly Mum took me to Brecon Hospital where I was immediately X-rayed, the doctor noticed a problem with my Tibia, the larger and stronger bone in your leg, I was sent on to Neville Hall. I had to sleep over at Neville Hall to have blood tests, MRI and CT scans to work out what was wrong with me, I remember feeling anxious but optimistic. Three days after being admitted I was told the crushing news that there was a high chance of me having Osteosarcoma, I was sent to Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital where they confirmed the devastating news; I had Cancer.
I would need both an operation and chemotherapy to get rid of the tumour in my Tibia, the chemo came first. Chemo made me awfully sick, but I remained positive and I have been told I never complained. After ten weeks of chemotherapy I had my operation at the Birmingham Orthopaedic Hospital, they took away the top of my Tibia and some of my femur and replaced it with a silver coated knee bone. Although originally the operation was a success my leg became infected, the wound became extremely painful and would not heal. I spent Christmas 2012 in hospital fighting the infection in my leg. Even with lots of medication and great care from the hospital I was losing the battle from infection in my leg, while having it cleaned the surgeon noticed that the muscle had lost its blood supply. I was left with only one option, the shattering news that I was going to have to have my leg amputated. I lost my right leg to the aggressive infection on January 7th 2012.
‘I am proud to be an ambassador for Dreams and wishes because I can give other young people suffering with cancer advice, moral support and positivity. I gained a lot of positivity from my family and friends and also from meeting Nathan Stephens and listening to what he had been through and how successful he is.’