Funds needed for brave kids
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