Throughout this month, a series of real-life diary excerpts from Kiwi children aged between four and nine years old, who are living with cancer will appear on billboards across main centres and on posters displayed nationwide, helping put a face to the children who are bravely fighting this battle.
This is part of a nationwide appeal to raise $750,000 to assist more than 500 families with children suffering from cancer across New Zealand, with Child Cancer Foundation Chief Executive Robyn Kiddle explaining that "no two families’ cancer journeys are the same."
Take Josie, a nine-year-old from Papakura, who in April 2015, came down with a flu she just couldn’t shake. With an extremely high temperature, her worried mother Jacine took her to hospital. After several tests including blood cultures, lumbar punctures, and a bone marrow aspiration, Josie was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic leukemia. Josie began treatment immediately, spending weeks in intensive care going through chemotherapy. Jacine considers her daughter one of the lucky ones; she responded well to the chemotherapy treatment and has been in remission since last year.
The Child Cancer Foundation offers practical and meaningful assistance for families in need, as well as a shoulder to lean on when times are tough.
"Every donation made during the March Appeal will go towards ensuring these children and their families always feel supported when walking the cancer journey," says Kiddle.
Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct funding from the government, and relies on the generosity of New Zealanders to continue offer services that ensure children and their families are supported, informed and well cared for at every stage of their cancer journey.
Child Cancer Foundation helps kids with cancer and their families – you can help by:
- Heading to childcancer.org.nz to make a donation of your choice
- Donating to street collectors in your community on Friday 17th or Saturday 18th March
- Holding a local fundraising event in your area.
For more information, visit childcancer.org.nz