When Ben was 23 years old, doctors discovered he had a malignant brain tumour: astrocytoma glioma. “I was bluntly told: ‘You have cancer’,” he remembers.
Life changed overnight for Ben who immediately underwent brain surgery. The neurosurgeons removed 95 percent of his tumour, but Ben had 33 sessions of radiation in seven weeks, followed by six months of life-sapping chemotherapy, to remove the rest.
For Ben, Redkite was there help him maintain his independence during treatment. “It was helpful to speak with people at Redkite who understood what I was going through. I really couldn’t imagine going through the challenging times I endured without the warming support from the Redkite social workers. They took so much pressure off the whole process, they even assisted with organising my appointments. They gave me a real sense of comfort when it seemed like nothing else in that environment could.”
“It was comforting to know that Redkite was ready to support my family and I from the beginning. They found me with open arms and were ready to help,” Ben added. “I had never been involved with a charity before I was diagnosed and never understood how much they could help someone going through such a challenging time. They were the warm security blanket I never knew I needed. Words will never truly express the thanks I have towards Redkite and the support they give young people who are going through cancer."