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."

Day 7

Filed under: 1 — Rebecca at 9:13 pm on Saturday, April 26, 2008

We headed off to the Antarctic Centre this morning with Aunty Amy (from Melbourne), Great Nana Pat, Great Aunty Linda, Grandad and ROJALA – We left S at Ronald McDonald House to catch up on some correspondence etc.  Ashleigh made a beeline for PomPom the penguin (A person dressed up in a suit) and the seal whose name I am unsure off.  She was like a little stalker following them around giving them continuous cuddles!

We dressed up in little booties and jackets to play in the snow and had a wee bit of a snow fight, until Ashleigh picked up a snowball the size and weight of a brick and hit me square between the shoulder blades and I decided it was a bit of a silly game!  Inside the snow bit it was -8 degrees but we stayed in while a storm was simulated which got the temperature down to -18.6 degrees which I must admit was pretty cold!  Amy was heard to mutter “remind me why we are doing this?”  We then went off for our complimentary hagglund ride, which was a lot of fun.  Liam unfortunately was unable to go on it as it was a bit bumpy and you had to hang on for dear life.  We were a bit concerned as he still has his line in portie and is still a bit tender around his back and neck.  He didn’t mind too much and waved at us sinking in a big puddle, think he got the better end of that deal!

We then went and got icecreams and went for a stroll in the botanical gardens to the playarea, before my Dad and Aunty took the kids to Pizza hut while Jasper and I went out for Indian and some time on our own.

We have had a pretty good day, Liam has had no pain killers and is feeling pretty well in himself.  Ashleigh is booked to fly back to Wellington on Monday with Amy to stay at Nana and Papas for a while, as we should be receiving the results next week which will enable them to plan the treatment.  At this stage I could see Liam and I down here for at least another 3 weeks, but again we are needing to take this one day at a time at the moment.

Until tomorrow, keep safe and hope all is well up in Welly and wherever you are reading this from.





   Vickie, Steve, & kids

April 26, 2008 @   

Glad you’re having a good weekend guys! Can’t wait to see the photos…. (hint, hint)



   Robyn & Peter

April 26, 2008 @   

It is great that you are getting the chance to have a break and a bit of fun. The Antarctic Centre is really cool, and I liked PomPom the penguin when I was there too!

Have a great day tomorrow, and we will be thinking of you on Monday. We look forward each day to the updates, and really appreciate you sharing Liam’s journey with us.

Love Robyn & Peter x x


   Mary Kavanagh Ireland

April 27, 2008 @   

Thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.Good to see you enjoying the cold !

All the Kavanaghs IN IRELAND


   Glenn, Karla, Brock and Blaise

April 27, 2008 @   

Hi Liam

Can’t wait to see your beads mate, Aunty Karla loves beads….she may want to borrow them to wear to the pub so you better keep them close! Only kidding, they are very special to you and I’m so proud of you, can’t believe you’ve got 39 already! Brock has a special rugby ball that he’s keeping safe, waiting to play with you again.

Give mummy an big kick, I mean kiss from me

Aunty Karla xoxox


   Tusha, Iain, Max and Giana

April 27, 2008 @   

Hi Liam

We think you are awesome and really brave. We make sure that we read your journey pages every day to see how you are getting along. Say hi to that crazy Jasper for us and give your mum a special hug.

Lots of love the Saunders-Penny Whanau

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