Wish comes true for brave Kyle
LIKE most children, Kyle Moore was eager for Christmas to arrive so that he could open his presents.Little did the teenager know that four days before the big day, he would be whisked off in a limousine with his family to a computer shop to be presented with his very own PC.
LIKE most children, Kyle Moore was eager for Christmas to arrive so that he could open his presents.
Little did the teenager know that four days before the big day, he would be whisked off in a limousine with his family to a computer shop to be presented with his very own PC.
The 15-year-old, of Hardy Close, Brantham, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma at Christmas in 2003.
Following chemotherapy and treatment which involved the removal of his shoulder blade, Kyle is now in remission.
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His festive surprise was organised by the Make A Wish Foundation, which turns the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses into reality.
Kyle, a pupil at East Bergholt High School, was picked up in a stylish limo from his home on December 20 and driven to PC World in Stanway, Colchester, along with his parents Tim and Rowena, and sisters Kyrsten , 17 and Freya, 11, where he was presented with his computer.
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And while the youngster and his family were taken out for a celebratory pub lunch, volunteers worked against the clock to make sure his new present was all ready to go when he got home.
IT worker Mr Moore, 46, said: “He enjoyed it very much. It was a very pleasant day out and it was good timing.
“We found one of the leaflets when we made regular trips to Addenbrooke's. They ask you a number of questions to try and work out what they would appreciate.
“We were partially aware of it but they managed to engineer some surprise for all of us.
“They arranged for a couple of DVDs in the limo when he arrived. They had made arrangements for the specification of the PC but Kyle could choose which chair and desktop he wanted.
“He is playing mostly games on it as you might expect.”
Mrs Moore added: “It's been a really wonderful thing to do for our son and to have his two sisters and ourselves involved as well, has made it something we won't forget.”
Mr Moore paid tribute to his son's bravery during the past two years.
“He's amazing. He never complained about anything. That was how he coped with it which is how me and my wife coped.
“The only injustice he expressed was that he hated going to hospital because he hated chemo.”
The family would like to thank Colin Leonard and June Balaam from the Make A Wish Foundation for all their hard work in organising the surprise and also the staff who looked after Kyle at Ipswich Hospital during his treatment.
Make A Wish Foundation can be contacted on 01572 756517. For more information visit the charity's website at www.make-a-wish.org.uk.