Unfortunately Rueben's fight with cancer is now almost over as his brain tumour has returned again and his condition is now terminal. We are trying to fulfill all of his final wishes and dreams in this extraordinary difficult time. This GoFundMe page is set up to raise the vital funds to build a playground in Rueben's honour in our home town.
Here is Rueben's story.
Rueben’s mum very sadly passed away from cancer nearly 3 years ago at the young age of 33. Following this tragic news, on the 30th May, 2019 doctors found a sizeable mass on the right-hand side of Rueben’s brain which was found to be a high graded cancerous tumour.
Rueben was taken for brain surgery and for the next 6 hours & 28 minutes he fought alongside the amazing surgeons to get through his surgery, including that of Dr. Siva Kumar who has a treasured relationship with Rueben.
On the 25th of July Rueben was meant to start Radiotherapy, however, instead, he went for a second brain surgery due to the tumour growing back within just 5 weeks. Following his surgery, Rueben would need to undergo 6 months of intense chemotherapy. Rueben completed his Radiotherapy and the 6 grueling months of chemotherapy like the warrior he is and on the 22nd of January he was given the news that he had no more cancer in his brain. As a family we were over joyed and could finally start to hope again.
On the 29th of April we received the devastating news that Rueben's tumour had once again returned and sadly there was nothing more that could be done by the doctors for our wonderful boy. Hearing this heartbreaking news was so difficult to come to terms with, but we have to be brave and strong just like Rueben is and make every moment count. As Rueben himself says he has to "live, live, live"
Now the thing about Rueben is, even though this was the most challenging time in his life, he is the most caring, loving, giving and inspirational young man that anyone would have the pleasure to meet. In Rueben’s own endeavours, from the very start of his journey, he raised money for Ward 52 at Leeds General Infirmary, which is a dedicated Paediatric Neurosciences Ward based on Clarendon Wing. Since then, Rueben has managed to raise a phenomenal total of £10,146 in his continued charity work for Candlelighters, and initially this GoFundMe page was set up to help Rueben raise money for different charities.
We would now like to use the money raised to build a playground in Rueben's memory, for the children on the street where he was born, 10 years ago on Christmas Day. This will give everyone in the community somewhere to come and remember this beautiful, adventurous, funny and mischievous young man.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us so far along Rueben's journey. and to everyone that gives a donation no matter how big or small we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you xx