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news ...bringing you news,views and opinions every month OCTOBER 2019, ISSUE 2 FREE INSPIRING DARSHAN’S DREAM YOUNG CANCER SURVIVOR HELPING OTHERS A young…
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news ...bringing you news,views and opinions every month OCTOBER 2019, ISSUE 2 FREE INSPIRING DARSHAN’S DREAM YOUNG CANCER SURVIVOR HELPING OTHERS A young Berkhamsted boy recovering from a brain tumour is using YouTube to educate other children on staying healthy through cooking. Darshan, and his younger sister Anees, had the idea for kidlivz in 2017 while Darshan, who was nine at the time, was successfully fighting an ‘inoperable’ brain tumour. Whilst undergoing treatment, Darshan and his family learnt that his diet could help him endure the treatment and be cured, which inspired Darshan to want to pass on his knowledge to other children. CONTINUED ON PAGES 4 & 5... MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR HOME? 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You phoned in, emailed and even sent us letters to let us know how pleased you were with our Berkhamsted debut. I cannot express how encouraging this was Creative Admin Assistant Sarah Ellicott for myself, our young band of reporters and the rest of our dedicated team – in this 01442 220187 day and age, and particularly in this industry, the old phrase is often flipped; ‘If you artwork@mynewsmag.co.uk have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’ Sub-editor The kindness and warmth shown by this community is a huge aspect of why I Tim Green 01442 220184 wanted to branch out to Berkhamsted and I have no doubts that you’ll continue to subeditor@mynewsmag.co.uk be vocal with us for the many years that we update you with all the latest hyperlocal Reporter news. Jake Levison We could dedicate the rest of this page to thanking you all but I’m a big believer in 01442 220190 newsroom@mynewsmag.co.uk actions speaking louder than words, so to truly show our gratitude, we’re going to continue providing up-to-date, in-depth and quality content that serves our readers Junior Reporter well. Alex Pearson 01442 220191 While I hope that all our feedback continues in the same vein as last month’s, newshub@mynewsmag.co.uk I’m under no illusions that when you try to present the good, bad and ugly in Junior Reporter communities like we do, opinions vary. If you have views; any views, we want to hear Charlie Reynolds them. BERKHAMSTEDnews is your magazine and we want to know exactly what 01442 220189 newsdesk@mynewsmag.co.uk content you’d like to see. Until next month, take care of yourself and each other. 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Now aged 11 and in remission, Darshan and his sister Anees McGregor, nine, are spreading their passion for healthy living through kidlivz by encouraging others to live healthy lives and to give cooking a go. Speaking to BERKHAMSTEDnews, Darshan’s mum, Samreen, said: “When Darshan was going through his treatment, he needed brain operations which were terrifying and extremely high risk. “Until the oncologists, who prescribe the treatment protocol, were absolutely sure what kind of tumour it was, they didn’t want to start treatment. “Getting it wrong would either effect his quality Anees and Darshan at a live food festival over the summer of life, long-term, or mean the cancer could come where they did a live cooking demo back. “That’s when my husband and I thought, ‘We have surgery, chemotherapy and other related to do something ourselves, what can we do?’ And difficulties. The videos are only a few minutes long, that’s when nutrition became a really important but he would wake me in the night and ask me if he moment for us.” could watch them because it was the only answers Although Darshan is a happy and upbeat boy who he could get. has turned an adverse journey into a positive dream, “It was once he started chemo that things changed, he wasn’t always like this. because something was happening, we had a plan Samreen said: “He was petrified when it was all and he had nurses to look after him.” going on. He would wake me up at 3am and tell me Darshan wasn’t granted funds by the NHS to go to how scared he was and asked me if he was going America and have a type of radiotherapy which was to die. critical to protect all the surrounding parts of his “But there is a charity called The Brain Tumour brain, so the family had to relocate to Boston and Charity, and they produced a collection of small fund the move themselves. animated videos about a boy named Jake. Samreen said: “I would like to thank the residents “Jake has a brain tumour and he has to undergo of Berkhamsted, our school community and friends Cocktail party specialists, providing a stress-free solution to delicious drinks BIRTHDAY PARTIES in the comfort of your own home. WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS CORPORATE EVENTS 0 7 5 3 8 2 4 0 6 6 1 | w w w.t h r e e p i ece b a r .c o.u k 4 l October 2019 l To advertise with mylocalNEWS call 01923 866065 | www.mynewsmag.co.uk So TE l ng tiu ca nso re , R i s as o t a f t s The Kidlivz team are Melody, Darshan, Samreen, Nancy, Anees, Fraser and Oshio the dog h a ng e s s e l o m i l because it’s their fundraising that helped alleviate of discovery, learning about different foods they some of the immediate costs. are choosing to eat and getting experimental with “Darshan’s school PTA, Berkhamsted’s Gobstoppers cooking – all in a bid to inspire other kids to do the Theatre Arts, the Amersham Rock Choir and the same, and change their lives ‘one recipe at a time’. Sacred Heart raised a significant amount, which It was March 2019 when kidlivz became a helped us tremendously and we are forever Community Interest Company, and on September pr m c a l grateful.” 15, the new kidlivz website was launched at a The idea of kidlivz was dreamt of by Darshan whilst fundraising event at HERE café on Lower Kings Road. he was undergoing treatment. Samreen said the evening was a great success. o t en Samreen continued: “We were delighted Anees She said: “As well as promoting healthy cooking to a named it, as her world was also turned upside live local audience, we raised money to help manage co down, infused with fear, change and insecurity. the kidlivz website and raise funds for charity. kidlivz has been a wonderful project for Anees to “It couldn’t have been possible without Melody e t share something positive with Darshan.” Wood and Nancy Nikberg, two unconditional s• kidlivz is about staying healthy through good food volunteers, as they helped us turn kidlivz from an ct choices and showing how fun and easy it is for kids idea to a real concept. to cook and eat healthy food, and in October 2018, “We are also indebted to so many other volunteers, the duo launched their YouTube channel. friends and their children who have embraced this io The channel is a place where children and their idea and helped us to bring it to life.” L parents can feel motivated to take more careful Visit www.kidlivz.org to stay up to date with the consideration of what food they eat. siblings cooking adventures and follow kidlivz on np a The videos follow Darshan and Anees’s journey YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. 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