Tyler's Story

Tyler was only a year old when he started to feel extremely unwell. He lost his appetite, was often sick and regularly complained to his mum Katie that his head hurt.

Following numerous trips to their GP and A&E, the family finally got to the bottom of Tyler’s symptoms in January 2019. Tyler had a stage three cancerous brain tumour. He was immediately admitted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the skilled surgeons were successful in removing all of the tumour.

Tyler, now two years old, began chemotherapy. During this time, his mum Katie came across our Kids’ Kits, and ordered one for her son.

Its arrival brought much needed joy and distraction as Tyler underwent treatment, and his favourite item was the cuddly ted. The ted could also be warmed up, providing extra comfort when treatment got tough.

Tyler’s chemotherapy treatment has now finished and according to Katie, Tyler “has got his smile back”. Looking ahead, Tyler will continue to have regular scans and the family are hopeful the tumour won’t return.

Send a ted to a hospital bed this Christmas for just £10.

Our Cuddles for Christmas campaign aims to deliver 1,000 warmable teddies to children being treated for cancer in hospitals and hospices this Christmas. If we’re lucky enough to raise more money than we need, any extra will be used to provide other cancer support services to adults and children. We receive no government support and our services are needed more than ever since the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you.