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Last updated 05:00 27/06/2012
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GUTSY RECOVERY: Hone Tana, more travel in store.

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For the past three months the Tana family has been travelling between Moerewa and Auckland for treatment for 7-year-old Hone who has a rare form of cancer.

They've been using Hone's grandmother's car and are raising money for a vehicle of their own so that they can return hers.

The community is invited to a fundraiser at Klondikes, Moerewa on Saturday.

The event is a costume party with DJ and spot prizes and the evening kicks off at 6pm with head shavings by people who have sought sponsorship. Entry is $5 at the door.

What started as a fall at school led to an x-ray and in early January the bright, energetic Moerewa boy was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma.

The malignant round-cell tumour is rare and most commonly related to bone.

Hone has undergone three types of chemotherapy and radiation at Starship Hospital and surgery to beat it. A section of bone was removed from his right leg.

"They've said he doesn't need to have any more radiation but we have to wait five years to get the all clear. He will be able to walk and play but within limits," his mother Awhi says.

And Hone will have to go back to Starship twice every six months.

"We still need a car to get to the appointments and I still have to pay for repairs on Mum's car."

To help the family get a suitable car, people can make donations to Hone's fundraising account Westpac 03-0334-0236574- 000, under his full name Jhon Lethanael-Aroha Tana.

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