Meet 15-year-old Cassie.
Cassie has end stage renal failure which is the final permanent stage of chronic kidney disease. The kidneys are no longer able to function properly on their own. She is on dialysis 3 to 4 times a week at home which is a machine used to remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood. She also attends hospital every month for clinic appointments.
Cassie has had this condition since birth and has endured surgery on over 30 occasions. She has already had a transplant but heartbreakingly this failed. Cassie is currently on the waiting list again for another transplant.
Cassie has a number of hobbies and interests. She loves watching football and ice hockey, as well as being a very keen horse rider. She has learnt to swim and is currently taking swimming lessons to improve her ability further. Cassie also enjoys going on bike rides and playing on the games Sims.
Cassie’s VIP Experience
On 28th September 2019 Cassie and her dad Gareth were invited to enjoy a VIP experience at St Andrew’s Stadium in Birmingham to watch the game between Coventry City and Doncaster Rovers. Cassie’s mum Ann first heard about Box4Kids through Charlotte Frith (a youth worker at Birmingham Children’s Hospital) who nominated Cassie to watch a Coventry City game as she is a very big fan.
Cassie said ‘thank you for inviting me and my dad to come and watch the Coventry City game. It was amazing because we had our own box with our own waitress who brought us some delicious food and drinks and we had really comfy leather chairs to watch the game. There was also microphones so we could hear the game being played from the speakers, while being nice and warm inside the box and we were all given a programme to take home. My dad also got me my very own Coventry City shirt which is very cool’.
Coventry City FC are one of our top box donators, as they very kindly provide an executive box to Box4Kids for every weekend home fixture. This is partnered with the generous catering donation by St Andrew’s Stadium.
Cassie added ‘the event has helped me to see my football team play. It was really exciting being in a private box and having comfy seats was so lovely. Everyone there was really kind and made sharing the day with my dad really special. I want to go and watch Coventry play more now and I will always remember the day I was invited by Box4Kids’.
Cassie’s dad Gareth said ‘thank you to the Barrie Wells Trust, Coventry City and St Andrew’s Stadium. I will cherish the memories of a great day that me and my daughter were able to share together. Everyone involved and that we met on the day were so helpful and caring and made the wonderful experience even better. I am so grateful that you were kind enough to offer this opportunity to us. My daughter and myself still talk about what a great day we had and that is a result of the kindness and generosity Box4Kids and box holders offer families up and down the country. You bring smiles to children and their families and offer some respite from the condition the children have to carry with them everyday and as a parent I will always be grateful for that.’
We are so lucky to have box donators such as Coventry City and St Andrew’s Stadium on board with Box4Kids. It provides us with plenty of opportunities to invite seriously ill and disabled young football fans to experience a football match in VIP style. If you know anyone who has an empty box or if you are a box holder and would like to be part of the Box4Kids initiative then please get in touch.