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Teen ambassador gives bucket list another tick

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Mar. 25 / 2015
Fifteen-year-old KavannaHasselman is Make-A-Wish New Zealand’s first child ambassador. Photo / Kellie Blizard

An Auckland teen who once wrote a bucket list to distract herself from her life-long illness and to focus on positive goals has ticked off a milestone by becoming the first child ambassador for Make-a-Wish New Zealand.

KavannaHasselman yesterday accepted a $25,000 cheque on behalf of the sick-children’s charity from the sale proceeds of a house that was built for the purpose at the new Fairway Bay subdivision at Gulf Harbour, on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Putting her crutches to one side, the 15-year-old was able to make a clear and strong thank-you speech, though weary after a 10-day stay in the Starship children’s hospital in Auckland.

“I’m so happy to be the first child ambassador and be able to spread a message of strength, hope and joy,” said Kavanna, who has been diagnosed with chronic suppurative lung disease and chronic obstructive asthma.

At 5 weeks old, she had her first of more than 200 admissions to the Starship with breathing problems.

A side effect of the years of medication for her lung condition has been a high level of pain.

By Wayne Thompson,NZ Herald

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