Western Leader : February 10th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Friday, February 10, 2012 Little battler An ordeal: Entrants in this year's Ports of Auckland Round the Bays will be helping children like cancer survivor Hannah Lacey. WHO BENEFITS 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. The four-year-old was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour just before Christmas 2010 and was classified as stage four when the cancer was found in her lungs. She spent weeks in hospital and her right kidney was removed before she underwent a gruelling treatment that included 35 days of chemotherapy, seven days of radio- therapy, eight blood transfusions, 21 weeks of 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, re- turned to preschool and started living her old life back with her parents and sister Imogen. But ill hea- lth returned in early October and she was admitted to Starship Hospital with a suspected viral infec- tion. Doctors instead found a Wilms met- astasis and Hannah officially relapsed just seven weeks after being sent home. Eighteen sess- ions of radiotherapy followed and the Lacey 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 she might not 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 diag- nosis our family support co- ordinator was there with petrol vouchers, meal vouchers, phone top- ups, information about the hospital 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 three-monthly 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 mon- itor the temperatures of children like Hannah. The run is partly sponsored by Fairfax New Zealand, owner of the Western Leader and its sister publications in the Suburban News- papers stable. General manager David Penny encour- ages readers to regis- ter and help make a difference. To hear a story like Hannah s is just so inspiring, Mr Penny says. 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 regis- tration. 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. The Child Cancer Foundation will be among beneficiaries of this year's Ports of Auckland Round the Bays Fun Run It will get $30,000 to provide 500 parents with electric thermometers to monitor the temperatures of children. ENTRIES Entry costs $10 for children 16 and under and $15 for adults. Go online to register at www.roundthe bays.co.nz.
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