Launched with a bang in 2016, Child Cancer Foundation is bringing Wig Wednesday back in 2017!
Wig Wednesday is an annual event that helps raise awareness and support for Child Cancer Foundation and raise funds for Kiwi kids with cancer. Based on the successful fundraising campaign run by CLIC Sargent (UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people, and their families), Wig Wednesday encourages schools, businesses, community groups, and individuals to don a wig for one day and fundraise.
Money raised for Child Cancer Foundation during Wig Wednesday goes towards helping Kiwi kids like Nixon.
Laughter, fun and a fair bit of noise – that approach to everyday life has been essential after Nixon’s diagnosis with ALL in 2013. It was the start of a long journey which has had many ups and downs and split the family across the upper North Island, with Justine and Nick at the hospital in Auckland with Nixon, while Nathanael and Hunter remained in the Waikato to continue school and their familiar lives.
Weekend visits from his brothers was a highlight for Nixon over that time, although Justine says that he coped well with treatment and the time in hospital: “It was like he had decided that this is what’s happening and he’s beating it no matter what. In some ways, I think that this journey has made him the way he is. Outgoing, full of life, very determined but also full of love and of course – just wanting to be a typical boy.”
Justine says the support they received from Child Cancer Foundation has been amazing, both while in hospital and at home in Ngaruwahia.
“We have made bonds with our Waikato branch that will last a lifetime. Knowing there is always someone to talk to, ask for help and especially the events that are organised that put you in contact with other families as well. The support is family-wide, especially with siblings.”
Every week more than three children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer. A child having cancer is probably one of the toughest things a family will ever go through. But Child Cancer Foundation is here to maintain hope and provide strength. We help with the big things like emotional, social and practical support. But also the little things they have probably never even thought about.