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My name is Macsen Giess and I am 11 years old.

I have a brother, Tal and a sister Nel, who are both younger than me. We live in Porthcawl, South Wales with our parents. In May 2011 I was diagnosed with A.L.L PH+ (Leukaemia) and was admitted to Sky Ward in the Children’s Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

We are very sorry to announce that our brave and courageous boy, Macsen has died aged 11. He dealt with his leukaemia with stoicism and tolerance, in a way far more mature than his tender age.


Macsen Geiss


I had lots of chemotherapy which made me feel pretty rough and I lost my hair, but the staff were great and the play-girls helped me a lot; but I couldn’t go to school and it was hard for my friends to visit. I had a bone marrow transplant in Bristol Children’s Hospital in November 2011 and I had to be isolated for weeks. Thankfully I was well enough to come home for Christmas, which was brilliant. I stayed recovering at home till May of this year when I had to go back into hospital because I was feeling ill again. This is when I first met Tony Curtis and heard about ‘Dreams & Wishes’.

I was given the ‘ok’ to leave hospital and as I walked outside I thought it was a bit odd because all the nurses were lined up looking at a really cool car. What I didn’t realise was that Mr Curtis had arranged for me to have a lift home in a Ferrari!!! Mum and Dad couldn’t keep up in their car behind us! It was awesome.

I thought it was the best surprise I’d ever had until Dreams & Wishes arranged a helicopter ride for me and my family. I was even allowed to fly it myself! I loved it.

This summer Dreams & Wishes have arranged so many surprises and treats for me. It has really been the best summer I’ve ever had. It’s really made up for having to spend a year in hospital and I am very grateful. I am very proud to have been asked to be an ambassador for the charity and I hope my story will help other children who are not well.