CanTeen helps sick teens feel normal with Mega Walk fundraiser

By Alice Lock

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Caitlin Jamieson is excited to be a part of the ninth annual Mitre 10 Mega Walk, because CanTeen has been there for her and her brother since day one.
Caitlin Jamieson is excited to be a part of the ninth annual Mitre 10 Mega Walk, because CanTeen has been there for her and her brother since day one.

The annual Mitre 10 Mega Walk is back this Sunday, helping people like Caitlin Jamieson get continued support from CanTeen Hawke's Bay.

The event has supported CanTeen for six years and has raised more than $100,000.

Caitlin was diagnosed with myelodysplasia, a rare bone marrow disease, in 2014, after her brother was diagnosed in 2012.

She said CanTeen had been there for her and her brother since day one.

"The staff are amazingly supportive, helping me talk through anything and coming up with solutions to certain things. CanTeen have also helped show me that what I'm going through is normal, although it isn't most people's idea of normal."

Caitlin has been involved in the walk for two years now and is excited to be part of their ninth annual fundraiser.

"I am going to be standing at the finish line helping the organisers. It is such a fun day and good to see people supporting CanTeen."

Caitlin said the money raised from the Mega Walk goes towards activities and courses for Hawke's Bay members, which help them later on in life.

"I attended a cooking and budgeting course recently, which was really fun and gave me experience which will help with future jobs."

Caitlin said CanTeen also offered baristacourses and provided a lot of support to people in hospital.

"They've given my brother and I support we've both needed during some of the hardest times of our lives, showing us kindness, fun and humour."

CanTeen youth co-ordinator Kerrie Waby said the support from Mitre 10 and the Mega Walk was huge for them and they were so grateful for the community support.

"It empowers young people and helps them realise that they are not fighting cancer on their own."

Mitre 10 Mega manager Graeme Ricketts said they like to support the charity, because they do not get government funding.

"We want to make a contribution, as all of the money they do raise stays in Hawke's Bay, which is great."

To register for the Mega Walk or to get more information visit the Napier or Hastings Mitre 10 stores or go to mitre10.co.nz.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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