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Angel Walk on again
By CARALISE TRAYES
Family fun: Kiara Morgan's family, including mum Mardi Wilson, centre, will celebrate the memories of the youngster's life at the second Kiara's Angel Walk in Orewa.
Photo: MELANIE MAYES
TURNING a child s traumatic
experience into something beautiful
is at the heart of Kiara s Angel
The family event at Orewa s
Western Reserve is celebrating its
second year on Children s Day,
March 3. March is also Child Can-
cer Awareness month.
A memorial service with lily
laying on the Orewa Estuary will be
followed by a short two kilometre
walk or longer 7km walk around the
Orewa Walkway and Cycleway.
Celebrations, music, rides, art and
crafts, entertainment, raffles and
facepainting will mark the end of
the walk and the start of festivities.
The day celebrates the life of
Kiara Morgan who died from cancer
at age 4. Her mother Mardi Wilson
from Manly has teamed up with
Stanmore Bay friend Jo Franks to
organise the annual walk in remem-
brance of Kiara and to help fund-
raise for the Child Cancer Foun-
dation and Cure Kids.
It will be a really colourful day, a
feel-good day to celebrate our chil-
dren. A chance to remember Kiara
and any others who have lost the
battle to cancer, but a time of fun
too, Jo says.
After feedback from about 450
participants last year, organisers
are providing a 2km option which
makes the walk easier for families
with young children.
There will be a free shuttle wait-
ing at the end of the 2km course
with a luggage trailer so walkers
and their bikes or buggies can get a
ride back to the reserve.
Auckland Transport will also pro-
vide bike valet services for a gold
coin donation and free bike safety
Entertainment includes a ukulele
band, up-and-coming singer Lisa
Crawley, rock and roll dancers,
Peaches and Pickles entertainers, a
mechanical surf board competition,
facepainters and airbrush tattoo-
ists. A memorial service at Western
Reserve will start at 8.45am fol-
lowed by the walk at 9am.
People are encouraged to register
online, but can do so on the day.
Tickets are $10 per adult or $15 for
a family of any size.
The event kicks off at 10am and
runs till 2.30pm.
Enter at angelwalk.co.nz.
Princess: Kiara Morgan was a delight
to her family.
KIARA GAVE HER FAMILY STRENGTH
Kiara Morgan lived her short life
with complete joy. Yet her four
years were an horrific journey.
She battled cancer from only a
few months old and died on
October 24, 2011.
Mother Mardi Wilson remembers
the day she knew something
wasn't right with her beautiful
''When she was around 3
months old I saw some blood in
her urine. We thought it was just a
urine infection. The doctors gave
antibiotics but it didn't go away.
That's when we went for an
ultrasound and it showed a large
mass on one of her kidneys.''
Kiara was diagnosed with a rare
malignant rhabdoid tumour in her
left kidney at 4 months old.
The family was living in the
Caribbean at the time and was
referred to a surgeon in the United
States and lived there while Kiara
received surgery to remove the
tumour and also the kidney.
She went through six days of
radiation treatment and 10 months
The family returned to the
Caribbean after the youngster
recovered from her treatment but
went through a series of battles
against more cancer.
They decided to return to New
Zealand and lived in Orewa.
In 2010 a scan showed a
recurring tumour in her head and
another in the middle of her
remaining kidney. She went
through two surgeries followed by
''Her head recovered after that
but the one in her kidney kept
growing. The doctors tried but they
couldn't get rid of all of the
One night while on holiday in
Australia Kiara started throwing up.
''You could see the growth
pushing through her skin. We
spent the last night there in
hospital, she couldn't keep liquids
down. Doctors said to take her
home. So we did. She passed
away within a few days.''
Mardi says Kiara always gave
her hope and strength.
''I remember when the doctors
told us there wasn't anything they
could do. I was crying and Kiara
asked if I was sad. I said 'yes'. She
told me, 'I'm not sad mummy', I
asked why. She said 'cause I love
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