Birthday celebrations on day with special appeal

Marking a special birthday yesterday are school friends (from left) Erika Reid (6), Anna Fulton (6), Keisha Little (6), Klae Eckhold (6), Myah Tasker (turning 7), Charlie Brough (6), Rosie Falcous (6) and Aria Holgate (6), at East Taieri School. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Marking a special birthday yesterday are school friends (from left) Erika Reid (6), Anna Fulton (6), Keisha Little (6), Klae Eckhold (6), Myah Tasker (turning 7), Charlie Brough (6), Rosie Falcous (6) and Aria Holgate (6), at East Taieri School. Photo by Gregor Richardson.

Myah Tasker had a very special 7th birthday yesterday.

Recovering from her second incidence of kidney cancer, the East Taieri girl was selected as one of three children to illustrate this year's Child Cancer Foundation appeal.

Her birthday fell by chance on the foundation's street appeal day, which raised $12,839 in Dunedin and Mosgiel by 7pm, with collectors at the football match at Forsyth Barr Stadium last night. Myah celebrated her birthday with school friends in Room 12 at East Taieri School and visited street appeal sites to meet volunteers.

''She had a really good day,'' her mother, Denise Tasker, said.

Myah's first Wilms' tumour was picked up before she was born, which led to a nephrectomy (kidney removal) as a baby. She relapsed five years later, and finished treatment for a second Wilms' tumour in September.

Myah was doing well, but sometimes got tired, Mrs Tasker said.

Being the face of the appeal entailed appearances in magazines and newspapers and on television.

''I think she's really enjoying it. It is a lot of work, but she's loving it.''

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