Help­ing Chace get leukaemia op­tions

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

The plight of tod­dler Chace Top­per­wien brought Green­keeper Sys­tems chief ex­ec­u­tive He­len Joro­nen to tears and she has de­cided to forgo her com­pany’s prof­its for more than a week to help him.

Chace, 3, from Whakatane, was di­ag­nosed with acute myeloid leukaemia last year, just days be­fore his sec­ond birth­day. He par­tic­i­pated in a drugs trial in the UK ear­lier this year, which did not go as well as planned, and they re­turned to New Zealand last month.

While he can­not con­tinue tak­ing the drugs in this coun­try, he has bounced back and is thriv­ing in his home en­vi­ron­ment.

Ms Joro­nen, from Whitby, says her soft­ware com­pany want to save money for Ki­wis and help Chace at the same time.

Un­til this Sun­day, all pro­ceeds of Green­keeper sales – which start at just $5 – will go di­rectly to Chace as his fam­ily look at fur­ther treat­ment op­tions.

‘‘I un­der­stand there’s a sig­nif­i­cant short­fall to get Chace through the next three months of treat­ment. I know New Zealand won’t let him go short but we need to do our bit too.’’

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