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,
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
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.''