Margherita Taylor and Kenny on the life-changing charity work of Teens Unite
29 September 2014, 15:10
Margherita Taylor chatted to inspirational teenager, Kenny, who's been helped by one of the charities which will be supported by Global's Make Some Noise.
Two years ago, Kenny was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma. In a matter of days, his life was transformed from that of an an ordinary teenager, into one filled with hospital visits and referrals to specialist cancer treatment centres in London. After starting six months of gruelling chemotherapy, it seemed Kenny's days were spent receiving treatment for cancer, talking about illness, or keeping himself to himself.
That is, until, he became involved with Teens Unite, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of young people with cancer. He shared his journey with Classic FM's Margherita Taylor - and an entire audience of people, as he took to the stage at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall - explaining exactly how the organisation changed his life.
"The support they give you at Teens Unite is just the support you can't get anywhere else," he said. "It's support you can't get from your friends and family.
"I used to talk about my illness with my friends, and they used to sit there and feel awkward and feel sorry for me, which I didn't really want. But at Teens Unite, they don't feel sorry for you because they're going through the same as you are, so you can talk about things and they know exactly what you're going through."
Now he talks to people in the hospital and makes friends, enjoying organised activities and having a laugh with friends rather than focussing on his illness. Thanks to the support of the charity, he's able to enjoy life - just like any other teenager.
"It's changed me as a person," he said. "I've made so many strong friendships being part of Teens Unite, it's unreal."
Listen to Margherita's interview with Kenny above. To find out more about Global's Make Some Noise, who support charities like Teens Unite around the country, click here.