A diagnosis of neuroblastoma can be overwhelming and life-changing for the entire family. Solving Kids’ Cancer UK was founded by parents who experienced their child’s diagnosis and our family support services have been developed with the needs of children and families at the core.
We have provided support to Luke and his wonderful family since he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was 14 years old. In 2021, Luke and his family received the devastating news that there were no more curative options for him. Over the years, while facing aggressive and toxic cancer treatment, Luke found solace and comfort in the world of Marvel and gaming.
Now he had one last special wish – to play a not yet released video game, Marvel’s Midnight Suns from 2K and Firaxis Games. His wish to play this game sparked a remarkable series of events and a groundswell of support across social media from the gaming community, which resulted in Luke’s wish coming true. Incredibly, 2K – the game’s publisher – reached out to us and a member of the 2K team visited Luke with a special in-development version of the game, making Luke among the first few people in the world to have the chance to play.
He is now forever immortalised in the game with a special tribute: his name engraved on a tree and listed in the game’s credits. Luke sadly passed away in 2021 at the age of 23, but knowing him and his family and seeing his wish realised has had a profound effect on our charity, our work, and our supporters. Luke was committed and passionate about our work, the support we provide children and families and the future we are determined to see – a world without neuroblastoma and where the word holds no fear.
Luke’s own words,
Big love, only love, always love
The Big Love Fund
The Big Love Fund
In 2022 we were privileged to launch the Big Love Fund, inspired by Luke. Many of you will have been touched by Luke’s story, when the gaming community rallied together to make a seemingly unachievable wish come true. This experience led us to launch this special fund, to enable us to support more children and young people throughout the UK.