Three children are diagnosed with cancer every week. Read some of their stories.
Mason was admitted to hospital and given a blood transfusion within minutes of arriving. Within 48 hours his condition deteriorated. On 9 November, Mason was diagnosed with standard-risk B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).
...It finally became apparent why Riley had been so ill. He had a large tumour in the middle of his head, near his pituitary gland which was creating pressure on his brain and eye nerves and was blocking the flow of brain fluid around his ventricles.
Te Houkurareo's Story
Te Houkurareo was an active, happy toddler. The youngest of seven siblings, he thoroughly enjoyed attending Te Kōhanga Reo. One day, things changed. Te Houkurareo started having high fevers and his legs were sore. No one realised how sick he really was.
The Swann Family Story
Grayson was the only son of Angela and Miles Swann and brother to sisters Erika, Lexi and Izabella. He was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in August 2017 at the age of three and started chemotherapy treatment almost immediately.
The O'Brien Family Story
Unfortunately, not long after moving to Nelson where son Macc continued with his treatment, Jay’s job didn’t work out and the family fell on hard times.
Thu-Lena's Volunteer Story
In June 2019 Thu-Lena Tran, Child Cancer’s Connect Group Lead in Hawke’s Bay won the Individual Volunteer of the Year award at the Hawke’s Bay Volunteer Excellence Awards.
Elise's Christmas story
Dave and Rebecca know what it's like to have a child diagnosed at Christmas.
Baby Isabella's Story
The thought that a child can be born with cancer is difficult to comprehend, but Isabella was diagnosed when she was two days old.
Brightwater local Lauren, her parents and two older brothers want to help raise awareness of the work Child Cancer Foundation does in the Nelson and Tasman community, and the difference it made to them.