Manukau Courier : June 5th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Tuesday, June 5, 2012 map profile contact details Phone 09 272 7017 *Source: MYOB Study 2010-2011 66% of customers research online before making a purchase.* A website, including URL, 1 year hosting and design for $395+GST! www.roomoutsidelandscapes.co.nz URL address Let us create one for you, contact the for a demo slide show Need a website & don't have one? Project Kidney eases load for sick kids Life on dialysis is tough -- especially when you re a child itching to get outside and do all the things kids do. All those hours in hospital shouldn t be what childhood is all about. That s why the Mad Butch- er and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust is fun- draising alongside Kidney Kids to make the experience as easy as possible for 78 youngsters on dialysis who are currently battling a range of potentially fatal renal problems. The Manukau Courier is proud to be part of the trust and is working to help it raise $132,000 for the purchase of four new haemodialysis machines to be installed in the first-ever Dedicated Paediatric Haemodialysis unit at Starship Hospital. We re asking all of our readers to get behind us and donate to the worthy cause we ve called Project Kidney. You ll be reading more about the campaign over the next few weeks and some of the brave youngsters who ve agreed to share their heart- breaking stories with us. You ll also meet some of the people behind the scenes who are working to get these sick children back into good health. Among them is the crew at Kidney Kids -- the organis- ation that has supported patients and their families all over the country and in your neighbourhood since its inception 21 years ago. Rough ride for Simon Handling it: Simon Maddock, 9, might have a kidney problem but he's no different to other kids, his mum says. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By ADRIAN EVANS Project The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust ASK Simon Maddock what living with urinary reflux is like and he says average . The South Auckland nine- year-old goes to the toilet around 15 to 20 times a day. That s nearly three times as much as the average adult. He was just six weeks old when he was diagnosed with a condition that sees urine flowing backward from his bladder to his kidneys through a leaky valve. Simon suffers from nutri- ent deficiency, extreme exhaustion and sleep depri- vation as a result. His mum Lynda-Marie Greenland has lost count of the hospital visits, blood tests, fevers, vomiting and sleepless nights her son has endured. She recalls vividly having to hold down her baby boy as doctors tried to find a vein. It was really, really hard . . . doing it all alone. Simon still hates needles but just this month doctors ran more tests and took eight vials of blood from his arms. Ms Greenland was bewil- dered by all the tests in the early days and didn t under- stand what was happening. There wasn t a lot of sup- port. What would ve been good is if the doctors said now that we ve got the diag- nosis go talk to Kidney Kids . But they didn t and it was only by fluke that she found out about the support organ- isation on TV. They were really helpful with information and sup- port. That s what s been big for us -- talking to other parents who understand what you go through. The Manukau Courier is part of the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Trust which is working with Kidney Kids to raise $132,000 to buy four haemodialysis machines. The machines will be installed in the first-ever dedicated Paediatric Hae- modialysis Unit at Starship. Simon does not need dialy- sis but there are plenty of youngsters with kidney problems who do. All find support through each other and Kidney Kids. Our children don t behave the way others do, Ms Greenland says. They are full-on. But teaming up allows them to relate to each other. Kidney Kids has been help- ing the Maddocks for eight years and flooded them with support when Simon col- lapsed in a neighbour s drive- way in 2008. Specialists say Simon might grow out of the con- dition but meanwhile mother and son are managing with- out medication. To him it s no different than me wearing glasses or his mate having asthma, Ms Greenland says. That s how I m raising him. Just because there s something not quite right with his kidney doesn t make him different at all. Kidney Kids chief executive Paul Norfolk says the charity is celebrating its 21st birth- day and supports 1550 Kiwi families. When people get that diagnosis they don t know what the outcomes are going to be so they re pretty devas- tated, he says. We look after families hol- istically -- that means there s money and emotional support available. We re there 24/7, anytime all the time. YOU CAN HELP Donations can be made at the Manukau Courier office, 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki, or posted to Project Kidney, Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust, PO Box 92815, Penrose, Auckland. You can also bank your contribution direct into the Project Kidney account 03 0243 0268896 00 at any branch of Westpac. We ask you all to give generously and help us make a difference -- together we can do it.
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