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Father Praises WOWS Kids Fiji For Care Of children

Father Praises WOWS Kids Fiji For Care Of children
From left; Jone Tikoca, Aseri Tikoca (holding his sister’s photo Ulamila Tikoca), Jone Tikoca Jnr and wife Ane. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua
August 20
10:00 2018

A man who lost his daughter to cancer last year has praised the work of WOWS Kids Fiji for easing the pain suffered by families.

Speaking at the WOWS Kids (Fiji) thanksgiving service yesterday, Jone Tikoca, thanked the NGO for the “great job” it does in taking care of children diagnosed with cancer.

Hundreds gathered at the University of the South Pacific ICT Centre for the service. His daughter Ulamila Tikoca was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015 and died last year.

Mr Tikoca said in 2015 doctors told them that Ulamila would only live another three to six months before she died.

However, he said, they believed in God’s miracles and Ulamila lived another two years.

That time not only enabled the family to spend more time together, but it strengthened their family bond.

“We were able to fix our relationship with God after Ulamila got sick and I thank the Lord for that.

“I always asked myself how parents handle the pain of losing a child and I always tell myself that I don’t want to go through that experience, without realising that one day I would.”

Before doctors could identify the sickness, Ulamila was already bedridden.

Mr Tikoca described his daughter as an active and gifted child. She took part at the Fiji Fashion Week when she was four years old.

“As a father I tried to be strong and I thank God for the strength to go through those hard times,” he said.

“I was blessed to have accepted the passing of our daughter, she was suffering and we know that God has taken her to a better place.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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