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Lighting Candles To Support Children With Cancer

MEDIA RELEASE, April 14, 2000

Lighting Candles To Support Children With Cancer

Health Minister Annette King sold candles in the streets near Parliament today to help raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation, and said the cause should touch the hearts of all New Zealanders.

"The encouraging news in terms of child cancer is that more children, about 70 percent, with cancers now survive the disease, but cancer is still the most common cause of death from disease in childhood in New Zealand," Mrs King said.

"The disease places enormous strains, including financial hardship, on the families of the children. Those strains would be so much harder to cope with if it was not for the wonderful work and support of the Child Cancer Foundation.

"Whenever a story of a child with cancer touches the heart, and so often it does, you can almost guarantee that somewhere in the background the foundation will be providing care and love."

Mrs King said the foundation had chosen a candle as its symbol to represent enlightenment, hope, peace, joy and memory. "The foundation hopes that everyone who buys a candle will light it, and think of the children it represents.

"I urge New Zealanders to support the foundation's appeal, which runs until April 17, as generously as they possibly can. The foundation makes a huge difference to the lives of the children and their families. We can all make our own small difference too."

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