A group of Christchurch mothers have formed a group dedicated to raising funds for cutting-edge Otago University research into the genetics behind cancer.
Each week, three New Zealand families receive the news that their child has cancer, and REACH - Research, Education and Awareness of Child Cancer and Haemotology - is looking to cut down on the number of tragedies endured.
There is only one laboratory doing child cancer research in New Zealand, which is led by Professor Parry Guilford.
"To find some new money to do child cancer research is really wonderful for us," he said.
Professor Guilford is hoping to spend the funds raised to extend his current adult cancer research to include child cancer.
"The idea is to develop a simple blood test which would be tailored to each individual patient," he said.
"It would be looking for tumour DNA which has spilled into the bloodstream, and we can use that to monitor the patient's progress and response to drug treatment."