Max & Melanie Child Cancer Foundation Inc
Max & Melanie
Child Cancer Foundation Inc
Max & Melanie
Max & Melanie

My Story

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Our family has been involved in all types of kayaking from an early age. My younger daughter, Melanie and I did a six day sea kayak trip around the coastline of Fiordland in 2008 from Jackson Bay to Milford and enjoyed it so much we decided to return and complete our trip around Fiordland all the way to Bluff. Joining us were Ian Algie, Bob Wishart and John de Garnham, all experienced sea kayakers that we have kayaked with previously. In 2009 we continued on from Bluff to Timaru and then in 2010 we completed a complete circumnavigation of the South Island by kayaking from Timaru back to our original starting place at Jackson Bay.

Melanie and I would like to invite all of our supporters to help us raise funds for Child Cancer, as it is an organization we have been involved with for some time and fully support.

Many years ago, my son/Melanies brother, Steven, was diagnosed as having a brain tumor. He was only 14 years old. After travelling to Wellington hospital and having a horrendous operation to try and remove it, we were told the tumor was malignant and all of it could not be taken out. Steven had to under-go radiotherapy and was given a time frame of up to a year to live.

Steven fought hard to get well and it wasnt too long before he was back at school with his mates and in his kayak, paddling with us all again. That summer our family had the most wonderful Christmas holiday, travelling around the South Island for 7 weeks. We all agreed that these were some of the happiest times of our lives.

After a courageous time of love and sorrow, Steven passed away at his home with his Family and friends gathered around him. We received lots of support during those final days from people throughout the community, many of whom we did not know.

Please help us support all those families and children who are in need of assistance during their fight against cancer by making a generous donation to the Child Cancer Foundation.

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If you live in New Zealand your donation is tax deductible and a receipt will be issued.

So please sponsor us now!

Many thanks for your support.

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