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 268 – 9th January 2009

Filed under: 1 — Rebecca at 3:02 pm on Friday, January 9, 2009

So far so good, 2009 has started off well.  I have received a phone call from Dr Kratz who has advised that he has located a lab in Australia who will undertake the genetic testing for Liam and find out if there is a family connection between the cancers and whether further tests are required on other family members.  The people that he has spoken to all agree that it is important given the family history that these tests are done.  It seems strange that when I said that I believed it was important they told me otherwise!  The only downer about it all is that Liam will have to have bloods taken to enable them to be sent off.  Unfortunately he is terrified of needles (wonder why) so I will have to think up some new strategies to help him cope.  Bribery seems to work ok but it ends up costing me a fortune!

The holidays are passing by in a bit of a blur I must admit.  Its hard to believe we are halfway through already.  We spent a wonderful day at H2O extreme with Mel, Mike, Maddie and Imogen who were visiting from Australia.  It was great as Mike was the climbing pole for the kids for most of the day which enabled Mel and I to have a much overdue catch up.  We are off to Hastings for a few days next week, then are heading to Auckland in the final week of the holidays.  Thanks again Jane for your generous offer of the house and car – we really do appreciate it.

The funrazor blog is up and running and I have added my part to it, so keep checking back to see the other stories soon.  We are having a bit of a “fundraising planning meeting” next weekend, which is really just a good excuse for a girls night with no children.  Funnily enough I am looking forward to it!

I have attached the link to the funrazor on the right hand side —–>

Hope this post finds everyone well and settling into the new year. 




   Lea White

January 11, 2009 @   

Ooh, If you are in the Auckland area, you must come past and we must catch up! We live on the north shore.

Lea White


   Tusha, Iain, Max and Giana

January 12, 2009 @   

Hey becs

Doesn’t it show you the importance of perserverance and doing what you know is right. Once again you are amazing. Hope you all have a fantastic trip to Auckland and will catch up when you get back.

Re the fundraiser – your hair is looking amazing so I will need to contribute a bit!!!

Lots of Love
The Saunders-Penny Whanau

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