A terminally-ill boy whose family are determined to give him a Christmas to remember has received a special treat – as a Sheffield charity today begins a £10,000 giveaway after teaming up with The Star.
Tyler Prindiville, aged 11, from Frecheville, thought he was free from a brain tumour. But the brave child’s parents Jill and Tony have now been given the devastating news that his cancer has returned, and this time it is inoperable. Jill and Tony, as well as Tyler’s brother Nicholas, 25, and sister Madison, six, devote their time to looking after the youngster.
Now courageous Tyler has been presented with an extra Christmas present – a tablet computer worth hundreds of pounds, thanks to good cause Help A Child Have A Chance.
The charity has teamed up with The Star for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, offering young people across the region the chance of receiving a share of £10,000.
Jill, 42, said Tyler was very pleased with his gift, adding: “It’ll make him happy. Every year it’s very important for him to have a special Christmas, but this year it’s even more important.”
Tyler was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged just four. Following several operations to remove the growth – which left him unable to walk and paralysed on one side of his face - he then underwent gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Family friend Jayne Luscombe, who nominated him for the appeal, said: “All through this Tyler was the bravest little boy I know. After all the chemo and other treatments, he began to recover and after five years Tyler was in remission. He could walk slightly when held up by someone and although his life would never be the same again, he was free of cancer.”
But this summer, Tyler began to feel unwell. He was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for a scan, which revealed a tumour had developed in his brain which could never be removed due to its position.
“Tyler had to have a biopsy on the tumour and, while having the operation, suffered a bleed on his brain which took all movement from one side of his body. The strength he had in his legs has gone, leaving him unable to move around,” said Jayne.
Tyler was a pupil at Birley Spa Primary, but could no longer attend when he became more unwell this year.
Jayne said the charity treat will ‘provide treasured memories’ for the family, and added: “They don’t know whether this Christmas will be the last with him.