The first few weeks after a cancer 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.
The resources inside the Kenzie’s Gift Journey Pack are designed to help and support you, your taitamaiti (child) and whānau as you embark on this challenging journey together.
In the Pack you will find a letter of support from Kenzie’s Gift Ambassador Nigel Latta and:
When used in combination, the three printed items 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 child, and much more.
The Diaries and Book are conveniently sized to fit into your bag and can be taken to appointments and on hospital visits. Your taitamaiti will enjoy filling in their own Diary with space for drawing pictures, pasting in photos and writing down other details that may be important for them.
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.
CEO, Kenzie's Gift