Corstorphine Community Hub users and community members
rally in support of one of their own, Pape Taana (10), who
is in Christchurch being treated for leukaemia. Photo by
The Corstorphine community is offering support after a
10-year-old local boy was diagnosed with leukaemia last week.
Pape Taana was diagnosed on Tuesday last week and was flown
to Christchurch for treatment the next morning. His mother
Moana Taana and brother Koiatu Taana (16) went with him.
Moana's older sister, Mamateinaki Taana, said Pape was the
youngest of Moana's four children. He was in year 5 at
Carisbrook School and loved everything to do with
Pape was taken to the doctor after his grandmother became
worried about how pale he was looking, Ms Taana said. The
only sign there might have been something wrong was that Pape
vomited several times at school.
The blow had been especially hard as one of Moana's other
children, Teremoana Taana (13), was already in Dunedin
Hospital with pneumonia.
Ms Taana said Pape had started chemotherapy treatment, which
could last up to six weeks. He would have to continue
treatment on and off for up to four years.
The community was rallying to help the family. Ms Taana and
others were baking doughnuts and selling them on Facebook to
raise money to help Moana pay her bills. They hoped to raise
enough to send Pape a box of goodies, and even hire some vans
so family members could travel to Christchurch to support him
and his mother.
• Anyone wanting to help can contact Child Cancer Foundation
family support co-ordinator Christine Donovan on 471-7258 or
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org