Cancer battler Clinton Tata and his family had a wonderful festive season thanks to the generosity of South Aucklanders.
The Manukau Courier reported Clinton's story when he came forward just before Christmas seeking help for vital overseas treatment.
The 36-year-old father-of-five has been battling kidney cancer since August and has been given limited time to live.
The family was overwhelmed to receive $36,000 from complete strangers to put towards paying for the treatment.
Food donations and gifts also arrived from all over the country.
Clinton told the Manukau Courier his ultimate wish was to see his children on Christmas morning.
And with readers' help it was the best Christmas ever, he says.
His children were amazed when they saw the presents that had been donated, he says.
"You should have seen my eldest son."
The Tatas were able to spent time in Whangarei over the holiday period and used some of their $200 Mad Butcher voucher to host a barbecue for the family on New Year's Eve.
"It was a really special time," Clinton says.
He had a setback after New Year and had to have a blood transfusion.
He is still undergoing chemotherapy treatment and plans to undergo overseas treatment if he gets medical approval.
The family wants to pay for specialised treatment to fight the cancer in Clinton's lungs and abdomen.
They plan to travel to Melbourne to get targeted radiotherapy on a 12cm tumour in his back.
The money raised will be used to pay for that radiotherapy first and any funds left over will go towards a trip to Germany to get more treatment to remove lung tumours.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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