Nor West News : February 9th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, February 9, 2012 OPEN DAY MARCH 7 BOARDING AVAILABLE for Boys & Girls BR - j6521/02 Saint Kentigern College SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 29 MARCH Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Survivor: Entrants in this year's Ports of Auckland Round the Bays will be helping children like cancer survivor Hannah Lacey. Hannah a little fighter ROUND THE BAYS FUN RUN, MARCH 18 Who benefits How to sign up IT S HARD to believe little Hannah Lacey can still raise a smile when you consider all she s gone through during her short life so far. The four-year-old was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour just before Christmas 2010 and was classified as stage IV when the cancer was found in her lungs. She spent weeks in hospital and had her right kidney removed before undergoing a gruelling treatment that included 35 days of chemotherapy, seven days of radiotherapy, eight blood transfusions, 21 weeks being fed by a naso-gastric tube, surgeries, scans, blood tests and clinic visits. All looked good in August 2011 when Hannah completed her treatment, returned to preschool and started liv- ing her old life back with her parents and sister Imogen. But ill health returned in October and she was admitted to Starship Hospital. Doctors found a Wilms metastasis and Hannah officially relapsed just seven weeks after being sent home. Eighteen sessions of radiotherapy followed and the Lacy family was sometimes told to expect the worst. We feel very lucky Hannah is alive," mum Nicole says. We have been told a number of times not to expect to bring her home. On the Christmas Eve she was diagnosed we were told it was possible she wouldn t make it through the weekend. The Child Cancer Foundation did all it could to help the Laceys through their ordeal. During our first week of diagnosis our family support co-ordinator was there with petrol vouchers, meal vouchers, phone top ups, information about the hos- pital and support, Nicole says. We were also lucky enough to receive a large Santa sack full of extra toys and food which made our long stay in hospital a little easier. Hannah s treatment is now over but she will have scans for the next two years and regular monitoring until she is at least 15. The Child Cancer Foundation will be among beneficiaries of this year s Ports of Auckland Round the Bays Fun Run on March 18. It will get $30,000 to provide 500 parents with electric thermometers to monitor the temperatures of children like Hannah and help them on the road to recovery. The run is partly sponsored by Fairfax New Zealand, owner of the Nor- west News and its sister publications in the Sub- urban Newspapers stable. General manager David Penny encourages reader to register for the event and help make a differ- ence. To hear a story like Hannah s is just so inspir- ing, Mr Penny says. And it s great to know that a fun day like this will raise money for such a great cause and help brave little children like her get through their illnesses. But the key is registration. If you don t register you don t pay the entry fee -- and that means kids like Hannah miss out. Other charities benefiting from the day include the Make a Wish Foundation and the Garden to Table Trust. See Page 3 for another story about the event. The Child Cancer Foundation will be among beneficiaries of this year's fun run. It will get $30,000 to provide 500 parents with electric thermometers to monitor the temperatures of children. Go online to register at www.roundthebays.co.nz Entry costs $10 for children 16 and under and $15 for adults.
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