Grace is on the road again


Be­fore she was di­ag­nosed with a rare type of can­cer in Fe­bru­ary, Waipuku­rau’s Grace Thomp­son loved noth­ing more than rid­ing her bike.

The 10-year-old was a keen mem­ber of the CHB Cy­cling Club and had just won her age group in the an­nual Tour De Beau­ti­ful.

But due to the treat­ment she is re­ceiv­ing since be­ing di­ag­nosed with adrenal cor­ti­cal car­ci­noma — a can­cer which only af­fects around one in a mil­lion peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to her mum, Heidi — Grace has been in too much pain to ride.

But now, in be­tween her three-weekly vis­its to Star­ship Hospi­tal in Auck­land, Grace will be able to hit the road in com­fort after re­ceiv­ing a brand new $2800 bat­tery-pow­ered e-bike from man­u­fac­turer Trek, cour­tesy of Bay Mo­tor­cy­cles.

Last week, Trek’s North Is­land ter­ri­tory man­ager Kerry Bar­tle and Bay Mo­tor­cy­cles man­ager Wayne Thomp­son handed over the new bike, which Heidi said would al­low Grace and the family to ride to­gether again.

“We’ve al­ways been a cy­cling family and have been buy­ing bikes from Wayne for years. We were go­ing to buy the e-bike off him for Gra­cie any­way, but he said ‘leave it with me and I’ll see what I can do’.

“This way she can get out there again and we can have fun with her while we still can,”

Bay Mo­tor­cy­cles is cur­rently auc­tion­ing an­other Trek bike on Trade Me, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Thomp­son family.

Heidi said it was an­other ex­am­ple of the over­whelm­ing sup­port the family had re­ceived from the CHB com­mu­nity since Grace’s di­ag­no­sis

“We are so grate­ful,” said Heidi. She thanked Unichem Phar­macy in Waipuku­rau which ran a Do­nate a Dol­lar to Grace cam­paign dur­ing Au­gust.

The phar­macy also hosted a Revlon makeover night at CHB Mu­nic­i­pal The­atre ear­lier this year which raised a sub­stan­tial amount.

A do­na­tions page, givealit­­cies­give-a-lit­tle, has raised more than $23,000 for the family and is still run­ning.

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