Chuck’s fam­ily hol­i­day wish comes true

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JOHN BOYN­TON

‘‘It was a good time, it was a great time - we were all to­gether as a fam­ily.’’

Damion ’’Chuck’’ Matene wanted one last fish­ing trip to cher­ish with his fam­ily.

The Pukekohe man, 50, was di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal cancer in his chest wall.

He con­tacted Race4Life and re­quested to take a scenic rail ride and go fish­ing at Coro­man­del Town with his chil­dren one last time.

Chuck ful­filled his wish this month and spent three days in Coro­man­del with his fam­ily.

Since Chuck stopped work­ing be­fore Christ­mas his fam­ily has strug­gled fi­nan­cially.

He has have five chil­dren who live at home and are very close to him - Damion 16, Kyle 14, Toko, 11, Vic­to­ria, 9 and Ta­mati, 6.

Chuck’s con­di­tion had taken a turn for the worse a week be­fore the trip, although he re­ceived the go ahead from doc­tors to travel to Coro­man­del.

Denise, his wife, said Chuck and the fam­ily loved the trip and en­joyed the best Coro­man­del had to of­fer.

‘‘It was a good time, it was a great time - we were all to­gether as a fam­ily and had fun, we were mak­ing mem­o­ries for the kids.’’

In­cluded in their trip was two nights ac­com­mo­da­tion, a per­sonal driver, meals, a fish­ing trip and a train ride at the Driv­ing Creek Rail­way.

Their daugh­ter Vic­to­ria, proved to be a whiz with the fish­ing rod, catch­ing 26 snap­per while out at sea.

‘‘The kids loved it, it was good for them to be away from wi-fi - they had to en­ter­tain them­selves, they were kids again.’’

Denise said she was blown away by the gen­eros­ity and hos­pi­tal­ity shown to the fam­ily on their get­away.

‘‘I’d like to thank the peo­ple of Coro­man­del and Race4Life, they got us there and they got us back they had thought the trip out so well.’’

The Race4Life Trust was formed to ful­fil the wishes of pal­lia­tive care pa­tients 18 years and older.

The aim of Race4Life is to en­able peo­ple liv­ing with life lim­it­ing ill­ness to re­alise their dreams and cre­ate mem­o­ries their fam­i­lies can cher­ish.

Race4Life’s first wish was ful­filled in Septem­ber 2015 and more than 70 re­cip­i­ents have had their wish granted since then, with 95 per cent of wish re­cip­i­ents com­ing from the Auck­land re­gion.

Chuck Matene from Pukekohe had his wish granted of a fam­ily hol­i­day in Coro­man­del granted by Race4Life.

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