Speedway excitement for Lincoln Roberts

By Amy Shanks

As hospital visits become more frequent for terminally ill 4-year-old Lincoln Roberts, highlights such as a trip to Rainbow's End are treasured.

The Auckland theme park will open privately for Lincoln and up to 300 friends and family from 6pm to 9pm on Friday.

"They have never hired it out for one group before, yet they have done it for Lincoln," his mother Nancy Himiona said. "It's amazing."

"Our only trouble now is getting there, we are thinking about maybe hiring mini buses.

"There may be up to 50 people going to Auckland from Hawke's Bay and we have just started to get the numbers together, I don't have my own vehicle so hiring seems like a good option."

Lincoln was diagnosed with myeloid leukaemia when he was 2, and after undergoing treatment, was told he had just weeks to live at the start of April.

He is still full of spirit, though his health has deteriorated slightly.

"He's OK at the moment, he's been out running around playing with all the other kids," Mrs Himiona said.

"We had to go to hospital last week to get a blood count, and the leukaemia count is going up - we are havlincoln robertsing to go to hospital more regularly.You can see the leukaemia is coming out in him, he's got some sores, but physically he's still out running about."

Last weekend Lincoln attended his first Speedway meeting, where organisers arranged to have a Peter Barry shirt auctioned to raise money.

Mr Barry was a Central Hawke's Bay stockcar driver tragically killed during a 2009 race in Palmerston North.

"Lincoln loves cars so being at Speedway was very exciting for him," Mrs Himiona said. "We got invited into the commentary box, where they told us they were going to give the proceeds of the auction to us. We had no idea.

"There was a moment's silence for the driver who passed away and his wife gave $400 to the auction, Speedway gave $400 and the drivers bid up to $300."

There was also a collection bucket handed around.

More than $1100 was raised to send Lincoln to Rainbow's End. He was also given the chance to sit in a stockcar, though the 4-year-old "chickened out" on a ride.

Mrs Himiona said the public had been very generous and wanted to thank everyone who had reached out to her family.

"I do appreciate everything that people are doing out there for us, and want to thank everybody that has been following us from the start. I really appreciate the support."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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