Kaiya-Gene Kerekere
is a gun league player. Just 15, he attends Kirwin
High in North Queensland, a school that’s produced the likes
of NRL stars Jason Taumalolo and Sam Thaiday. But now the young hooker has had to put a promising
league career on hold to fight a life-threatening illness. And as Te Okiwa McLean reports, the league fraternity
on both sides of the Tasman, are rallying behind the youngster
who’s trying to beat cancer. To play footy is his main passion
day in, day out. Kaiya Gene-Kerekere is described as one of North Queensland’s most
promising teen rugby league players. But six weeks ago
something went wrong. The Kirwan High Academy star
was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer
several surgeries later, Kaiyah is now bedridden
in Brisbane. He is receiving a lot
of support from NRL stars. His family seeking more help and have relocated
to be at his side 24/7. Kaiya says, he wants nothing more than to
emulate his heroes once again. A charity walk up Castle Hill
will be held this Sunday. Those interested can visit
“Kaiya-Gene Kerekere’s Journey” on Facebook. Te Okiwa McLean, Te Karere.

Māori teen rugby league star fights for his life

One thought on “Māori teen rugby league star fights for his life

  • July 21, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your fight to beat this. Your are Warrior! – respect from Canada


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