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Selwyn Times: January 10, 2018

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4 Wednesday January 10 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES News Watch Jonty’s story at Meet Jonty: The cancer sufferer UPBEAT: Star Media events manager Vanessa Fleming and Jonty out for a run. When you run, walk, jog, rollerblade, or push your friends on a bed at the Star Media City2Surf in March you’ll be helping 10-yearold Jonty Gray and other children like him. Andrew King reports IN MARCH last year, Juliet and Hamish Gray got some of the worst news a parent could receive – their eight-year-old son had cancer. Jonty Gray had been “offcolour” for a few weeks and was having regular headaches. On a family trip over Easter weekend last year he became breathless while walking up a hill and developed bruises on his body. His family returned from Wanaka and took him to Christchurch Hospital where he was diagnosed with T-cell leukaemia. Fast-forward 21 months and the 10-year-old’s outcome is looking positive after numerous hospital visits, about six to nine months of intensive chemotherapy, and plenty of support from his family, friends and hospital staff. In March next year, Jonty has been asked to sound the horn which will start thousands of participants off in the Star Media City2Surf fun run. It seems fitting considering his role as an ambassador with partner charity, the Child Cancer Foundation. Participants will be able to start their own fundraising pages or join the ‘courage team’, which will be fundraising on the day, or make a one-off donation. Those who have signed up for the event can also visit the Child Cancer Foundation tent and receive a post-run sports massage by giving a donation. Mrs Gray, who is a dentist, said Jonty is responding well to chemotherapy, which he will finish in July 2019. Then doctors will monitor his bone marrow and watch for any side effects from the medication used to treat his cancer. When he first started showing signs of being unwell, it wasn’t apparent at the start just how sick he was. “We just told him to drink more water and go to bed earlier,” Mrs Gray said as he was complaining of headaches. When he was admitted to hospital, he was diagnosed straight away. “You think it can’t be happening to your family, but then that is not true as two to three children are diagnosed with cancer each week,” she said. About a week later, Jonty started his treatment, but he wasn’t letting it get him down. The creative boy came up with ways to amuse himself while in hospital. AmeRicAn KARAte GRAndmASteR Impeccable Track Record Over 56 years tutor training expertise, in NZ since 1974 Best in NZ! new Karate classes, Leeston • Self-Defence/discipline • Psychological/bully behaviour • Confrontation assessment • Heart & Lung workout/ yoga stretching Personal Instruction by Shihan Mike Lee children and Adult classes: monday through thursday 4 Station Street, Leeston • Ring me on 022 313 5217 • 13-30 JANUARY FREE ENTRY HAGLEY OVAL | RANGIORA OVAL BERT SUTCLIFFE OVAL | LINCOLN NO.3 #U19CWC

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday January 10 2018 5 who is City2Surf bound “I had a game with another patient where we would try to do the most crazy thing we could think of while attached to the pump. So I scooted around the wards with it. But then she brought in a unicycle and carried a baby around while attached to her pump. That was hard to beat,” he laughed. He also has fun with the hospital staff. “We play a game with the anaesthetist where he will set a total for me to count to before I fall asleep,” he said. He said he had beaten the anaesthetist a few times, but some times he would cheat. “I would pretend to push the button that started the drugs and start counting, by time they had realised that I hadn’t pushed it I had already counted to about 10,” he laughed. Jonty attends Cashmere Primary School and will be starting year six next year. He loves to draw and has taken to designing houses. Earlier in the year, he designed new railroad lines for Kaikoura to replace the ones damaged in the HELP: Jonty Gray and mum Juliet have been blown away by the support they have received from the Child Cancer Foundation, friends and hospital staff during his battle with leukaemia. earthquakes. While he does get tired easy, he loves to get out and play sports including touch PHOTOS: MARTIN HUNTER for his school and hockey for Southern United. “I like hitting balls and scoring goals and blocking them,” he said. The one thing that really gets under his skin is he can’t eat sushi, unless it is freshly made, because of his low immunity. “It annoys me. I love sushi,” he said. Jonty has an older brother and sister. Olivia, 20, recently raised more than $2800 for the foundation by running in the Dunedin Marathon.​His brother Angus, 18, who he just calls ‘Gus’, is an idol of Jonty’s. •To enter the Star Media City2Surf, visit •The City2Surf on March 18 will be split into 6km and 14km sections. •The 14km fun run will start at Centennial Park, Spreydon, at 9am. •The Sport Canterbury 6km fun run will start at Hansen Park, Opawa, at 10am. •Both events will finish at the Ferrymead playing fields. •There will be entertainment with live music, food and free children’s entertainment following the event. Open for 2018 New Stock in Now SMITH & BOSTON Prebbleton Village | Christchurch Ph: 03 349 5646 Accommodation The newly built modern Leeston Hotel on 3 Market Street offers accommodation that is separate to the Hotel, the noise from the bar area can’t be heard while in the guest rooms. • 9 Accommodation Rooms (Sleeps 23 people) • FREE Wifi & Off-Street Parking • Superior King size beds or Single size beds • One bunk room that can sleep 4 single people • Two rooms are inter-connecting for family • One guest room is disabled friendly with 2 single beds • Each room has a tv, tea/coffee facilities, fridge & ensuite. INGHAM’S LAZY SUNDAYS Sunday 14 January, 3.30–5pm Archery Lawn, Botanic Gardens FREE All day restaurant • Separate from the bar area • Daily cooked breakfast available from 7am-2pm • Pizza menu available daily from 12pm • Lunch from 12pm-5pm • Bar snacks from 12pm-late • Restaurant evening menu from 5pm Bar • Huge outdoor deck area • Pool table • TAB & Gaming Room • Two Courtesy Vans • Upstairs Function Rooms with outdoor balcony and bar facilities – Great area for Birthday Parties, Conference Meetings, Microphone, Music & TV facilities for showing slide shows off USB sticks or connecting your laptop to Liquor Centre Bottle Store Weekly Specials available come in to check them out!! Keg & Ice Bank hire available Izzy Miller Bell and special guests bring you a pop-up concert of legendary musicians performing blues, jazz, celtic and contemporary classics. 3 Market St, Leeston | Ph 03 324 4000 | Open 7 days