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Single Parent Continues Fight For Her Children

“Life is hard but I thank the WOWS group for always standing by and supporting us."
28 Sep 2022 12:00
Single Parent Continues Fight For Her Children
Elena Lewarerega with her daughter, Abigail Gaunavou at the Lautoka Golf Club on September 24, 2022. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

When I wake up every morning and look at my children, I know that I have to forge ahead and fight this battle.

These were the sentiments shared by a teary-eyed Elena Lewarerega as she held close to her one- year-old daughter, Abigail Gaunavou, who is diagnosed with sacrococcygeal teratoma, a tumor found in newborns.

Abigail is a twin to Nancy Gaunavou. Nancy is the eldest. Ms Lewarerega is a single parent to four children and is a grog vendor from the family’s home in Vatukoula.

 

They were joined with other family members and children at the family fun day hosted by the Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) team at the Lautoka Golf Club on Saturday.

Sharing her heartfelt story, the Nasoqo, Naitasiri native said she was still proud to be their mother.

“When I was seven months pregnant the nurses found a lump on her back and when I gave birth, Abigail’s body was not normal,” she said.

WOWS Kids team leader, Mere Williams (first from left), Lautoka Hospital staff nurse, Laisa Raisamu (first from right) with Raymond Singh, (back row, second from right) with the children during the WOWS Kids family fun day at the Lautoka Golf Club on September 24, 2022. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

WOWS Kids team leader, Mere Williams (first from left), Lautoka Hospital staff nurse, Laisa Raisamu (first from right) with Raymond Singh, (back row, second from right) with the children during the WOWS Kids family fun day at the Lautoka Golf Club on September 24, 2022. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

“Life is hard but I thank the WOWS group for always standing by and supporting us.”

“We go for our check-up every month.”

“On some days she puts on weight, on other days she will lose that again.”

She makes sure that her children are committed to praying.

 

WOWS Kids team leader, Mere Williams said the team always tried to host the fun day for families and children on a quarterly basis.

“This is all part of the rehabilitation programme we try to give to our children in terms of their lifeline,” said Ms Williams.

There are now 27 cases of children diagnosed with cancer in the Western Division.

Meanwhile, renowned golfer, Raymond Singh was present to donate gifts to mothers of the children.

 

Story By: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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