Fulfilling the wishes of Palliative Care Patients


Lisemarie Taei-Aoese, 30, is battling a rare form of cancer, called clear cell carcinoma with renal failure.

"Each day is like a thanksgiving for me. I wake up and look at the trees and I thank God I'm here for another day.

For the past 10 years Lisemarie has been raising money to help terminally ill kids through the Southern Stars Children's Charity.The Massey resident is one of six children and is now asking people to help her raise enough funds to fulfil her last wish to be buried in the traditional Samoan way.

Lisemarie wants to be buried in her birthplace, Apia, in front of her family home on their land and she hopes to have a fale built in her memory so relatives can visit her grave. A fale is a small structure that sits over a grave.

The total cost is around $10,000. The Race 4 Life Trust set set up a givealittle page to help Lisemarie reach her goal. A total of $8000 was raised from this appeal.

Lisemarie;s friends rallied together in early January and started to organise a Walkathon for early March to raise the further $2000 needed.

 The Walkathon was held on March 5 th and St John’s Countdown donated the water for this event.  The money raise exceeded expectations and now Lisemarie has $11,000 raised for her special wish.