Kingston gets his last game of rugby

The Dominion Post - - News - MARTY SHARPE

Hun­dreds turned out for a rugby match put on for Napier boy with ter­mi­nal can­cer Kingston Karangaroa-Mohi.

Kingston wore a stunned look as he alighted the he­li­copter that had flown him to Ta­matea Park and saw the large crowd that had as­sem­bled for him yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The 8-year-old’s fam­ily learned two weeks ago that the can­cer he has bravely fought for more than four years is ter­mi­nal, and the time he has left may be short.

Kingston was di­ag­nosed with T-cell acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia in March 2013 when he was just 4. He com­pleted treat­ment in July last year, only to re­lapse in De­cem­ber. He un­der­went a bone mar­row trans­plant from his younger brother, Al­fie, 5, in April, but un­for­tu­nately, that was un­suc­cess­ful and now there is no fur­ther treat­ment avail­able.

He’s a huge fan of rugby but his ill­ness meant he was never able to play. One of his wishes was to see one more rugby match. Or­gan­is­ers had no prob­lem rustling up ful­lykit­ted play­ers from Kingston’s fam­ily’s club, the Napier Pi­rates, and an­other lo­cal club Ta­matea, and a match was duly held with Kingston watch­ing on atop a makeshift throne, sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily.

He even man­aged to take to the field for half an hour.

One of the or­gan­is­ers, Kate Frame, said the day ‘‘couldn’t have gone bet­ter’’.

He knew a bit about what was planned, but I think Kingston ‘‘was quite taken aback by just how many peo­ple turned out’’.

‘‘It’s a real trib­ute to how many peo­ple he has touched in his short life. He re­ally is such a warm, lov­ing and love­able lit­tle boy,’’ Frame said.

‘‘I’d say we had peo­ple turn up.

‘‘He spent that en­tire time wear­ing his big grin and talk­ing and cud­dling with peo­ple,’’ she said. close to 400


Kingston Karangaroa-Mohi, 8, ar­rives at the rugby match put on for him as part of his wish list.

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