Kirsty’s song of hope
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.