When nine year old Jack was referred to Starlight for a once-in-a-lifetime wish, he asked to have the caravan in his garden made in to a home cinema. The brave youngster, who loves putting on shows for his family and friends, was diagnosed in 2009 with a life-threatening brain tumour. Following a 10 hour operation to remove the tumour, he then had to undergo an intensive course of radiotherapy and 48 weeks of chemotherapy to help fight the disease.
Helen told Starlight, “It would mean so much to Jack and to us to have some fun as most our time is spent at the hospital and away from school, friends and germs!”
Jack’s local pub raised money to give him a caravan as a play room, the perfect venue for his own personal cinema!
While Jack was out, Starlight gave the caravan a makeover, decorating it with soft furnishings, DVDS, popcorn machines, lettering for the side of the caravan, a lava lamp, galaxy lights and a star cloth and installing surround sound, DVD player, projector and screen.
Jack arrived home to find that he was invited to his very own premiere - in his back garden, complete with photographers, Dr Who props and a Starlight security guard with a clipboard checking off an exclusive guest list of friends, family and neighbours as they arrived for the cinema’s very first film showing.
Jack’s dad Allan said, “Starlight has given my little man a smile back on his face. After spending a year out of school and isolated from his friends due to germs and infections, Jack has found it hard to interact back into society and pick up where he was before this cancer nearly took his life. Now all the kids in our area are queuing up to be Jack’s best friend and come in and spend time in his cinema.
“There are so many charities out there all asking for money to find a cure for all sorts of life threatening diseases but most of the money gets eaten up with administration and advertising, which destroys people’s faith in donating. What Starlight has done is restore my faith in charity again. By giving Jack his wish, Starlight has helped Jack with his rehabilitation of getting back to what he calls “a normal kid”. Thank you so much.”
Link to source: Jack’s very own backyard cinema