Check out our free Journey Kit!

There are lots of fun and useful things inside so request yours today!

Being diagnosed with cancer is 'big stuff' and is probably the biggest thing that's ever happened to you. So it’s OK to feel sad, frightened and angry... and you might feel all of these things and more, all at once, or one at a time. That’s normal.

You might be worried about how your diagnosis will affect your whānau and friends too and there are a lot of new words to do with cancer, some you may never have heard before and that can be hard. 

The Kenzie's Gift Journey Kit can help you, māmā or pāpā or whoever looks after you, and your doctors and nurses too. 

It will help you:

  • to understand your cancer and encourage you to ask lots of questions
  • recognise your feelings and understand why you feel the way you do
  • keep a record of your journey (this is helpful for the people looking after you)

It will also give you some fun things to do. The important thing to remember is you are not alone. A lot of people are getting ready to take this journey with you, to help and care for you and support your whānau as well. 

And Kenzie’s Gift is here too – so reach out, take our hand and let’s get going, together.


My Journey Kit for Tamariki

Kenzie’s Gift was founded in 2008 by Nic Russell in memory of her 3 year old daughter Kenzie. The story of Kenzie’s Gift is not one of miracles. It is one of the gutsy determination, tenacity and love of an amazing and beautiful little girl, Kenzie. Kenzie was only two years old when she was diagnosed with cancer and sadly died on the 29th of December 2005. Through this tragedy came the hope for families that is Kenzie’s Gift.

Our purpose is to support the emotional well-being and mental health of tamariki, mātātahi (young people) and their families affected by cancer, serious illness or bereavement. We achieve this through the provision of one on one therapy with registered mental health professionals, the delivery of printed cancer and grief packs for tamariki, and an extensive online information resource. 

We receive no government funding. All this is made possible by wonderful supporters, donors, grants, philanthropists and fundraising initiatives, ensuring the Gift keeps on giving to those who need it.

Please accept this Gift from us now. It comes with aroha and hope for your future. 

Nic Russell
CEO, Kenzie's Gift
November 2015
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Parents Information Book

Parents Information Book


The first few weeks after a serious illness diagnosis can be very stressful. Your whānau has received some emotionally difficult news and there is an overload of information coming at you, all at once, from many different areas. 


This Information Book for Parents is designed to help and support you, your taitamaiti (child) and your whānau as you embark on this challenging journey together.  


It can provide you, as parents or caregivers, with summaries of information about the diagnosis and treatment of child cancers, some tips for coping, useful ways to organise important medical details for your taitamaiti and much more. It’s conveniently sized to fit into your bag and can be taken to appointments and on hospital visits.  


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