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beads of couragThis was such a touching story - I had to take a brief hiatus from our series on 'Gems, Crystals and Stones' to share it with you.  You can find the entire story --and also donate for Kate's care if you'd like, here: 

In New Zealand, four-year-old Kate Diprose has energy to burn. She is learning to ride a quad bike, loves swimming and cooking, and can't wait to go to Matamata Primary like her big brother Fletcher. It's a long way from where she was less than two years ago.

Kate was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in August 2011, three months after her third birthday. In the first year she spent more time in hospital than at home, facing treatment most adults would struggle to deal with. Kate has earned 1005 beads of courage - provided by the Child Cancer Foundation - that represent the huge mountain she has had to climb to get well again.

Each bead relates to a procedure or experience Kate has had, including nights in hospital, chemotherapy, scans, injections and trips to theatre. "She knows what she has been through to get them so that makes them
special for her," said mum Jackie. "She's quite proud of them."

"I hope people know how much we appreciate [the] help and generosity [of friends, family, and the Child Cancer Foundation]," she said. Kate is now in the maintenance phase of her treatment and is looking forward
to starting school in May.

"It makes you really grateful for what you have and to appreciate all the small things," said Jackie. "We just love being together as a family."

The Child Cancer Foundation had been "wonderful" for the last 19 months, providing support for the family, including a much-needed holiday in Taupo and food and petrol vouchers.

March is the foundation's appeal month and Jackie spent two days last week collecting donations. "It's obviously very close to my heart," she said.

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