Friend helps cancer sufferer fight on
Elizabeth Trickett says the best way to describe her friend Hayley Young is bright, bubbly and strong – inspiring traits for one battling cancer.
About a month ago, Young, 22, was told by doctors that her years may be limited as her Ewing's Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, had spread to her lungs.
Refusing to let it beat her, Young decided to undergo more chemotherapy treatment and set up a "bucket list" to live her precious years to the fullest.
Twenty-three-year-old Trickett decided to help Young to achieve everything on the list by setting up a Give a Little cause page.
"I thought it was a really great idea because it's about making the most about the time she has left, she got the news and thought 'this is what I've got to do'," Trickett says.
"I knew people really care about her and if they had an opportunity to give a little they would."
So far the page is $350 shy of the $10,000 target, which will help Young do all the things many of us tend to put off.
Young says she felt honoured when her friend came to her with the idea.
"It's overwhelming that so many people I don't know are donating, I'm blown away by the genorosty and compassion," Young says. The money will go towards many things on her list including skydiving, seeing the Northern Lights, holding a red panda and a trip to Paris.
But some things will not cost much at all. "I'd like to send out a message in a bottle.
"I want to do a few of those, it would be cool if someone opened a bottle and found something inspiring in there and to make my life known to someone completely random."
Young sees her situation as an opportunity to actually do all the things she has wanted to do.
"I feel like if I hadn't got cancer I wouldn't be doing a lot of these things, but I have the chance to live more than I would've otherwise, it's so do-able once you put your mind to it," she says.
"When people have near death experiences and have different chances at life, it's a feeling I never imagined, your life becomes what you make of it.
"I've had my hard days, but I feel honoured because the one thing I really want out of life is to inspire people and make an impact on one person's life."
To read more about Hayley's story and to donate see givealittle.co.nz/cause/HayleysBucketList.
The Dominion Post