3 CHILD CANCER FOUNDATION Kia ora koutou katoa and welcome to another issue of Sharing magazine – the first of 2022! There’s a famous quote which says, “Change is the only constant in life,” and the past eight months have certainly proven that. We hope you and your loved ones have coped with the challenges of this new and disruptive stage of the pandemic and have managed to stay safe and well. For this reason, we’re focusing on resilience and adaptability in this issue of Sharing – two strengths which help us deal with change and bounce back easily after setbacks. On page 4, we discuss how we’ve adapted to supporting whānau when change became the new normal and share some stories of families who have shown resilience in the face of the pandemic. On page 12, Parenting Place share some fantastic insight into best supporting your child as they return to school after treatment. As well as being an exciting and important milestone, the transition back to school can be nerve- wracking for tamariki and parents/caregivers alike – so the article shares a few tips to help you adapt well to this change. We also introduce a few new faces and farewell some familiar ones in this issue. Many of you may know Dr Jane Skeen through her years of commitment to helping treat tamariki as a paediatric oncologist in Starship – on page 6 we recognise her contribution to the field following her recent retirement. We also welcome three new Board members on page 7 while thanking two former members for their years of service. There’s so much more to read in this issue, including a look into the studios of the wonderful artists behind the handmade glass Beads of Courage® children receive throughout their active treatment, an update from our Whānau Connect Groups and our latest volunteering, fundraising and business partner highlights. We hope you enjoy reading about these different aspects of our organisation in this issue. We are privileged to be able to support you throughout your experience with childhood cancer and are committed to being here for you every step of the way – no matter what 2022 has in store for us. Ngā mihi, Monica Briggs Chief Executive Officer | Tumu Whakarae In this issue Welcome to Sharing 2. Alumni Family 3. Welcome 4. When change becomes the new normal 6. In appreciation of Dr Jane Skeen 7. Meet our new Board members 8. Charlotte and Mae’s story 10. Beads of Courage® 12. Helping your child navigate the return to school 14. Meet a Family Support Coordinator 15. Meet a clinical psychologist 16. Whānau Connect Groups 18. Introducing Dr Stephen Laughton 19. New Zealand Children’s Cancer Registry update 20. Bereaved family support 22. Personal Development Grants 24. Dad chat 25. Marketing campaign highlights 26. 2021 National Volunteer Awards 28. Community fundraising highlights 30. Business partners 32. Contact details Cover: Mae Pritchard, diagnosed at eight months old, with her mum Charlotte. Photography by Kellie Blizard, originally published in NZ Woman’s Weekly.