LIAM'S JOURNEY

In May of 2006 we lost Matt, Liam's Dad after a courageous battle with a brain tumour, he was 34 years old. In April of 2008 we got the devastating news that 7 year old Liam had an extremely rare form of cancer in his sinus cavity. This blog is where we can update you on Liam's progess with his brave battle. "If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them."

Bowman Todd Memorial Rugby Match 10 May 2008

Filed under: 1 — Rebecca at 10:33 am on Saturday, May 3, 2008

BOWMAN TODD MEMORIAL – Fundraiser for the Mary Potter Hospice and Ronald McDonald House. On the 19th of May 2006 Matt Todd, a young Kapiti Coast father of two, lost his battle with a brain tumour.  He was 34 years old.  Five weeks later on the 25th of June, his friend Dave Bowman, also a young Kapiti Coast father of two, lost his battle with a brain tumour.  He was 36 years old.   They both fought long and hard against a debilitating and cruel illness. Both Dave and Matt were cared for in their final days by the wonderful staff at the Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington.  The staff there treated them with dignity and respect.  The Hospice staff are truly very remarkable people. The Hospice receives a mere two million dollars in Government funding per year to operate and relies heavily on donations. Tragically, on the 16th of April this year, Matthews 7 year old son, Liam was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant tumour located in his sinus cavity. He is being treated in Christchurch by a wonderful team of Doctors. Liam and his family have been staying at Ronald McDonald House. They describe it as a fantastic place to be during such a difficult time and would love for fundraising from this years event to benefit the organisation. On the 10th of May 2008, the BOWMAN TODD memorial rugby match is scheduled to be played at Waikanae Park at 1.15pm.  This is an annual event in memory of Dave and Matt and all funds raised will be donated to the Mary Potter Hospice and, in light of Liam’s recent diagnosis, Ronald McDonald House.  The game will involve a Police Invitational team, as Dave was a Policeman, versus a Waikanae invitational team, as Matt was heavily involved with the Waikanae Rugby Club.  There will be an air castle, Police puppy display and the operational Police Dogs will be performing a chase and attack display at half time. A large Marquee will be on site in the event of poor weather and food and drink sales will benefit the charities. There will be some great prizes to be won too! The Waikanae Hotel are also supporting this event and have organised a night out not to be missed. A live band will be playing in the Murphy’s Law Bar and proceeds from certain drinks sales will benefit the charities. This will get under way from 7pm on the same Saturday, May 10. Public support will be crucial to make the day a success for the charities, the teams, the supporters and the families involved. We would love to see you at Waikanae Park and afterward at Murphys Law Bar for a fundraising event that will be a lot of fun and benefit a great cause. If you would like to support the event in any way then please contact Ty Davidson through the Kapiti Police Station on 04 2966800.  



3 Comments

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   Dave

May 3, 2008 @   

Hey, All my love is with you. I wish I could be there for the Bowman Todd match again this year. If I was it would be for water boy duties only!

Liam, I keep up with your journey every day. You are such a strong young man and know that where ever I am in the world, I’m always thinking about you, Asleigh and Mum.

Dave – Afghanistan

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   Catherine Withington

May 3, 2008 @   

Hi SROJALA, welcome back to tropical Wellington! We’ve been reading your progress reports Liam, you’re a brave little man & we’re all proud of how well you are doing. Give Mum a big hug from me, we’ll call you soon. Luv, Cath James, Cam & Maxi.xxxx

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   Jo, Mark & Jessica

May 4, 2008 @   

Hi Becs, Liam & Ashleigh and the amazing swell of family, friends and supporters you have!! Welcome home – hope its a little less chilly for you. Have fun at school tomorrow kids (Liam, I hope you’re taking your Crusaders jersey to show it off). Thinking of you lots and lots. J, M & J xxx

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