Taking aim at child cancer in South Canterbury
At just four years old, Fairlie’s Alexis Price has already kicked a brain tumour to the curb.
On Sunday, she set her sights on a different target.
She and her family, including mum Karla Baddock, attended an event at the Aorangi Range, organised by South Canterbury Practical Shooting Club in conjunction with the South Canterbury branch of the Child Cancer Foundation.
‘‘It was really fun, Alexis loved it. That was the first time she’s ever fired a gun,’’ Baddock said.
Alexis was not at all frightened by it, and Baddock said she enjoyed it as well.
‘‘I’d definitely like to go back there, it was really fun.’’
Events organised by the foundation were important for families said the event was because it meant they got to be around other families who had been, or were going through, a similar thing, Baddock said.
Doctors discovered Alexis had a brain tumour when she was 11-weeks-old.
‘‘They removed the tumour when she was about 13 or 14 weeks old, [she] had to have a massive operation.’’
In addition to removing the tumour, Alexis had another five lots of surgery to remove a build up of fluid.
The situation has left her with status epilepsy which means she has seizures that do not stop by themselves, so she takes medication, Baddock said.
Based in Fairlie, the family had to ‘‘pick and choose’’ which of the events they would attend that the foundation put on, as they have to travel to get there.
‘‘We went to Flip Out a couple of weeks ago and that was really good.’’
The family was planning on attending the foundation’s fundraiser this year as well, she said.
South Canterbury branch of Child Cancer member Jono Martin said family days were good for families which were a part of the foundation because it gave them a chance to build a community.
There were parents, children and grandparents at the event, and everyone had a chance to fire a gun, he said.
South Canterbury Practical Shooting Club president and chief range officer Warren McKenzie said it was the first time the club had held an event like it before.
‘‘They’re thoroughly enjoying themselves, a totally new experience for them all.’’
McKenzie said he a few other club members were letting the children and members of their family experience firing a hand gun or rifle. There were about 35 people at the event, he said.
Alexis Price, 4, being shown how to fire a gun by Gary Dix.