Event: London Children of Courage Awards

Date: 14th April 2016

A young person supported by the charity Teens Unite, has received an award for ‘Outstanding Bravery’ at the London Children of Courage Awards following his battle with cancer.

Tommy Kent, 15, Harlow was presented the award by BBC presenters Bill Turnbull and Steph McGovern during a glamourous ceremony at London’s luxury InterContinental hotel, Park Lane, which was sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management.

Tommy attended the event with parents Andy and Karen Kent, along with Debbie Pezzani, CEO and Founder of Teens Unite and the charity’s Teens Coordinator, Lauren Thomas who have supported Tommy throughout his fight against cancer.

At the age of just 13, Tommy was diagnosed with Leukaemia. He was transferred to UCLH and endured six months of intense chemotherapy alongside taking steroids which effected his muscles and left him short of breath just walking up the stairs. Over time, Tommy lost his hair and as a result of his treatment, his face became swollen from the steroids. Tommy underwent a series of urgent blood transfusions and he experienced such a dramatic weight loss that at one point he had to use a feeding tube.

Tommy has now completed his intense treatment, but continues to take daily oral chemotherapy tablets.

Teens Unite has supported Tommy throughout his journey and nominated him for the London Children of Courage Awards.

Debbie Pezzani, CEO and Founder, Teens Unite has said: “As with all of the young people Teens Unite supports, Tommy’s story is truly inspirational. We are so proud of how far he has come and what he continues to achieve at such a young age. We have such a remarkable difference in his confidence, self-esteem and general wellbeing over the last year.”

Teens Unite is the only UK charity to support 13-24 year olds fighting cancer from diagnosis through to post-remission. Teens Unite brings these young people together through workshops and activities so they can meet others their age in a similar situation, make new friends, learn new skills and rebuild their confidence.