Kirsty’s song of hope

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jus­tine Glu­cina

The mes­sage in Kirsty McKen­zie’s song sums up her five-year bat­tle with bone can­cer.

“It’s about things get­ting bet­ter, hav­ing faith and not giv­ing up,” the 16-year-old says.

Kirsty has over­come two years of tests, sev­eral bouts of chemo­ther­apy and a bone trans­plant to re­place what the doc­tors had to re­move.

Last month she recorded a song with New Zealand hip hop artist Sav­age thanks to the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion.

“It’s about my ex­pe­ri­ences with can­cer,” she says.

“If you be­lieve in your­self you can do any­thing. I didn’t want some­thing ma­te­rial be­cause things go out of fash­ion. I wanted a me­mory that would last for ages.“TVs break and I didn’t need to make a wish in or­der to get one. So I chose some­thing I have a pas­sion for.”

That pas­sion is singing and Sav­age – Kirsty has all of his al­bums.

So she was thrilled to write and and record a song with Sav­age at Steb­bing Stu­dios.

“He’s re­ally cool,” she says. “I was a bit in­tim­i­dated at first, but he’s such a cool guy.”

Now, Kirsty’s fu­ture is look­ing brighter. “The prog­no­sis was good from the start.

“The can­cer didn’t travel and I got good re­sults from the chemo. I’ve been in re­mis­sion for over a year.”

Kirsty is fo­cused on fin­ish­ing her hair­dress­ing ap­pren­tice­ship and com­plet­ing level 2 NCEA by cor­re­spon­dence.

And she wants to carve out a ca­reer in mu­sic.“I’ve been singing my whole life. I’m from a mu­si­cal fam­ily. Mum sings and my aunts and un­cles play in­stru­ments.”

Kirsty looks for­ward to the day her song will be played on the ra­dio.

Any­one aged be­tween three and 18 is el­i­gi­ble for the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion aims to grant the wish of a child with a lifethreat­en­ing ill­ness.

Make A Wish New Zealand was launched in 1987 as a non­profi group.

To make a do­na­tion call 090049-474 or go to www.makeawish. org.nz.

Starry-eyed: Kirsty McKen­zie met her idol, New Zealand hip hop artist Sav­age, to record her song last month.

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