Dad's concert to support ward
A MUSICIAN is organising a charity concert to raise money for the hospital ward which is caring for his young son.
Dave McKeown is putting on the event later this month in aid of the oncology unit on the Bramble ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where Isaac, four, is currently having chemotherapy treatment.
Isaac has an ongoing problem with a tumour on his hand.
"It is very aggressive but not cancerous," said Mr McKeown, 49, who lives in Exmouth.
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"He is currently on a six-month course of chemotherapy. It is a very rare condition, but he has been receiving fantastic care on the Bramble ward.
"The prognosis is it is very hard to get rid of. It will be with him throughout childhood but can be controlled to stop the growth.
"But it is not something which will go away overnight – it is all about containing it. The chemotherapy has done that. But he can't be on that forever. Whether it starts growing again when he comes off it we just don't know.
"At the moment he is absolutely fine. He is happy little fella, but he does get tired sometimes. But mostly he is a four year old with endless energy."
Isaac started at Otterton Primary School in September this year and is "loving it", said Mr McKeown.
"He had been going to the Bramble ward weekly, but that has now switched to fortnightly," he said.
"We try to make it so it is just part of his routine, so he doesn't feel different to anyone else. We try not to worry too much about the future. His condition is serious and complicated, but is not life-threatening.
"I have done quite a bit of fundraising in the past, and wanted to do something for the Bramble ward and the oncology fund to turn a negative situation into something positive.
"They do such a fantastic job, everyone from the cleaners to the consultants and their people skills are wonderful.
"Isaac actually looks forward to going there and they can not do enough for him. It is not sad, miserable and full of pain, everyone is very positive."
The concert, on Saturday, November 10, will see doors open at the Lympstone Village Hall from 7.30pm. It will feature two bands Dave performs with from outside the area.
Victoria Klewin and The Truetones are from Bristol and Lightgarden are from Wiltshire. Both have featured regularly on national radio and at major festivals. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for under 16s. They are available from Lympstone Post Office, Dave McKeown on 01395 568072 or Graham Martin on 01395 274485.