Tak­ing aim at child can­cer in South Can­ter­bury

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - KOREN ALLPRESS

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.

Bad­dock great.

‘‘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.

PHOTO: JOHN BISSET/STUFF

Alexis Price, 4, be­ing shown how to fire a gun by Gary Dix.

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