Funds needed for brave kids

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion needs vol­un­teers in Mata­mata to col­lect on Beads of Courage Day (street col­lec­tion) on Fri­day, March 22, 2013.

Beads of Courage Day is a vi­tal part of Child Can­cer Ap­peal Month.

The foun­da­tion’s goal is to raise $1 mil­lion in March to help chil­dren with can­cer and their fam­i­lies.

The foun­da­tion aims to re­duce the im­pact of can­cer by of­fer­ing ser­vices to en­sure chil­dren and their fam­i­lies are sup­ported, in­formed and well cared for on their jour­ney with can­cer through treat­ment and be­yond.

Three chil­dren are di­ag­nosed with can­cer each week in New Zealand and col­lec­tively un­dergo a to­tal of 100,000 treat­ments and pro­ce­dures an­nu­ally.

For each of th­ese they re­ceive a Bead of Courage from the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion. Many chil­dren have more than 1000 beads.

The foun­da­tion sup­ports thou­sands of chil­dren and their fam­i­lies through­out New Zealand.

One is 2013 Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion Face Myah Tasker who is 6 years old.

Myah’s can­cer jour­ney started be­fore she was born, when an ul­tra­sound showed a tu­mour in her kid­ney at 38 weeks.

She was im­me­di­ately de­liv­ered through cae­sarean sec­tion, and five weeks later had her kid­ney re­moved. The tu­mour was di­ag­nosed as wilms tu­mour and in­ten­sive chemo­ther­apy fol­lowed.

By the age of one, Myah was given the ‘‘all clear’’ but last year a rou­tine ul­tra­sound showed an ab­nor­mal­ity which when in­ves­ti­gated showed that Myah had re­cur­rent disease.

Chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy fol­lowed and by Oc­to­ber last year Myah had com­pleted treat­ment for the sec­ond time.

Myah’s in­ter­ests are fairy princesses, ele­phants and any­thing pink. She also loves draw­ing, bak­ing and bal­let.

Myah has more than 1000 Beads of Courage.

Chil­dren like Myah are sup­ported from di­ag­no­sis by a ded­i­cated Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion fam­ily sup­port co-or­di­na­tor.

The foun­da­tion re­ceives no fund­ing from the government or from any other can­cer char­i­ties and re­lies on the gen­er­ous sup­port of New Zealan­ders to help fight child can­cer. It’s easy to help and just an hour or two spent col­lect­ing can make a real dif­fer­ence.

Sign up with friends or take own­er­ship of a site with your lo­cal club.

The foun­da­tion will give you all the sup­port you need.

Each hour spent col­lect­ing for the foun­da­tion makes life that lit­tle bit eas­ier for fam­i­lies liv­ing with child can­cer.

One hun­dred per cent of money raised will go di­rectly to sup­port vi­tal fam­ily sup­port ser­vices.

Coura­geous: Myah Tasker

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