Quota International of Whakatane
Seven year old Justise McCauley had fun buying Christmas presents for his family the weekend before this photo was taken, but he could not think of anything he wanted for himself. Justise’s Dad, Mike McCauley, said he was the only one who had not asked for anything. This quiet little boy from Matata (small township just out of Whakatane), had just finished his fifth cycle of chemotherapy to shrink a tumor in his abdomen. Quota International of Whakatane members, Wendy Tozer, Lyn Irving, and Karla Hammond arrived at Justise’s house bearing a $1200 cheque and a basket of goodies as a pre-Christmas treat for him, his twin sister, and older brother. President Wendy Tozer said the money was raised to help with the costs of traveling up to Starship Hospital (children’s hospital in Auckland) and other expenses the family has at Christmas time. Mr. McCauley said the money would go towards medication for Justise and anything else he needed. For example, his pain medication costs $80 for six tablets and sometimes Justise needs one every six hours. Justise had his last treatment in April and sadly that is his last, he has been sent home to spend as much quality time with his family and friends, he remains an extremely unwell lad but his parents are determined to give him every opportunity to join in all the activities that a boy of his age enjoys. It has been extremely humbling experience doing something small for Justise and his wonderful family.