In April 2008, our son Daniel aged 5 was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumour at Kingston Hospital. This was operated on and partially removed. In order to reduce the tumour further, Daniel required a course of chemotherapy, which lasted 18 months. Daniel has finished this part of his treatment now. During Daniel’s treatment, we were very fortunate to have the support of Bianca and Momentum. We were able to take little breaks at the cabin in the New Forest, go to theatre in the West End, visit the wonderful Santa’s grotto and this year he was fortunate to meet the cricketer Shane Warne. When it was suggested that Daniel practice exercises on a Wii fit which Momentum kindly bought one for us. Psychologically, Daniel has coped remarkably well with all that he has had to deal with in the last two years. He has bravely faced the pain and challenge of learning to walk again and the awful side effects of chemotherapy. Throughout this process, we had the support of Momentum and the team at Kingston Hospital for which we are eternally grateful.
Daniel has had to wear a hard back-brace 23 hours a day due to having scoliosis of the spine, which is a result of the surgery, he had. After 4 years of wearing this brace everyday and night, he had becoming increasingly frustrated and upset by it. He is an extremely active and fit nine year old, who also plays, squash, football, violin and piano was not comfortable doing these activities in this brace. Therefore, when we discovered an alternative to hard bracing, we felt we had to try it and remarkably, Momentum has help find us a donor to finance this very expensive treatment.
It is a great comfort to know that Momentum is there for us when we need them.