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, including his mum Kare, could have imagined how sick he really was.
After multiple trips to the A&E and GP over three weeks, Te Houkurareo was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma cancer. His family’s world was turned upside down in the blink of an eye. Things moved quickly after that with specialists working around the clock to save him.
At the time of his diagnosis, Te Houkurareo’s spine, hips, leg and head were riddled with small tumours. A large tumour on his adrenal gland was quickly operated on. 18 months of intensive cancer treatment followed. It was an incredibly difficult time for Te Houkurareo and his family.
Says Kare: “Child Cancer Foundation was amazing. The foundation was there from the start and supported us throughout the ordeal. Through the foundation, we were able to enjoy beautiful moments and make some amazing memories with him. It’s reassuring to know the foundation is there to help patients and families like ours."
Te Houkurareo is now at home enjoying life on the family’s farm and recuperating. Neuroblastoma has a high relapse rate but the family lives every day to the fullest.