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.
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.