Bandannas are a head start for cancer kids
The support of fellow cancer patients helped Kylie Rose through a difficult time in her life.
After being diagnosed with bone cancer in her knee at age 16, the Sandringham resident went through several operations and chemotherapy to get back on track.
And teenage cancer charity CanTeen was there for Kylie, now 22, all the way.
“CanTeen approached me in hospital. The first time you go in, you don’t know what’s going on,” she says.
The charity is selling bandannas this week for its Bandanna Challenge campaign.
Kylie says one of the advantages of CanTeen is patients can meet others their own age, who are experiencing the same thing.
“It was the fact you can be surrounded by people who know what you’re going through,” she says.
“They don’t look at you like you’re a bit different. It’s just a common understanding.”
And now the AUT student, who has been in remission for two years, is giving back to CanTeen.
She serves on the organisation’s committee, sets up group activities and has been selling bandannas to raise funds.
But her favourite part of remaining involved is being able to offer support to teens who’ve just been diagnosed with cancer.
“It’s great to help out other kids coming through,” she says.
CanTeen marketing manager Brad Clark says the organisation tries to fill a gap for teens who can be put in hospital with people much younger or older than themselves.
“There’s no age specific facilities.”
He says support networks are linked with survival rates and the charity is determined to try and stop teens from “falling between the cracks”.
The Bandanna Challenge finishes on Friday.
For more information on the Bandanna Challenge visit www.canteen. org.nz.
Giving back: Cancer survivor Kylie Rose is helping teen cancer charity CanTeen by selling bandannas during the Bandanna Challenge campaign.