Teen's last days with cancer puts life into perspective
Sun, 02 Oct 2011 6:19p.m.
By Rachel Tiffen
As the All Blacks prepare for the Rugby World Cup finals and politicians for the election, a Wellington girl is facing something that puts both in perspective.
Cancer has spread to her lungs and is inoperable, so she is getting help from both camps to fulfil a dream.
Fourteen-year-old Pariss Patelesio is living every day to the full.
“What I’ve noticed after I got sick is that people take life for granted,” says Ms Patelesio. “Sometimes I forget I’ve got cancer because I’m having such a good time with my family.”
Since being diagnosed with knee cancer last year she has spent much of her young life in hospital. In July surgeons removed the tumour and rebuilt her knee. Lesions in her lungs were wiped out with chemotherapy.
But they came back and were beyond repair.
On getting the bad news Pariss expressed a dream. For the whole family, all seven of them, to go on holiday to Brisbane for precious time with relatives and “to go on the theme parks, that will be really nice”.
But money is tight so Pariss's uncle Sam Samuelu, who works for parliament security, asked around for help.
Help that his mates in the parliamentary rugby team were only too happy to give.
“It kind of spread like wildfire, everyone wants to help,” says Mr Samuelu.
The team has made a donation and signed a jersey to be auctioned.
The All Blacks have also chipped in with a signed jersey for auction.
Which just leaves the Patelesio’s to work on their scrum technique.
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30/12/2012 8:31:50 p.m.
Jesse G wrote:
Rest in peace pariss <3
18/10/2012 4:55:26 p.m.
R.I.P pariss may ue live in harmony on angels wings may god guide you as you go thrue the heavens we will all miss you
14/10/2012 10:52:43 p.m.
Wat thats so not fair
14/10/2012 2:17:17 p.m.
Divah Laulu wrote:
ilove you coussy , imiss you everyday :D
7/10/2011 8:54:28 a.m.
Pariss, you are a brave and beautiful girl, have a fabulous trip, and good luck miracles do happen xx
7/10/2011 7:12:29 a.m.
We wish you well my dear, Enjoy the trip with your family,
I'm sure it would be treasured always. As I read your story Pariss, it brough tears to my eyes, your courage and strength is beyond words. May our Father above guide you and your family, and bless you all always and forever.
Ia Manuia Pariss, xoxoxoxo
6/10/2011 8:32:27 p.m.
Puna. Siaunuua wrote:
Love your story sis, hope you hav a funt time in Aussie...live it up to the fullest in the best town ever
6/10/2011 9:04:37 a.m.
wish u all the best parr
5/10/2011 3:37:18 p.m.
? wish you all the best :L
4/10/2011 11:53:58 p.m.
I am deeply touched by your insight and your strength.You truly amaze me. Im grateful for the lesson in life that rings so true in which you spoke of. Your a beautiful strong young woman with a beautiful strong family. In joy your trip and hope all of you have an awesome time, especially you Pariss
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