A teen from New Zealand, Eva McGauley has one wish – to create a world where she feels safe leaving her loved ones.
While other people her age are enjoying their adolescence, Eva is facing up to the fact she does not have enough time to live.
The 17-year-old girl was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer two years ago.
Nasopharyngeal cancer affects the upper throat area behind the nose.
Eva had to undergo exhausting chemotherapy and radiation therapy sessions, and earlier, given the good news she was in remission.
But unfortunately, “They said they had got it wrong… and actually showed that [the cancer] was terminal,” Eva told the NZ Herald .
Out of the heartbreaking news, Eva’s Wish was created. “I wanted to do anything I could to help,” she said. But how?
Eva had been aware and horrified by how instances of sexual assault had become. In New Zealand alone, one out of three girls and one in seven boys may be sexually abused before the age of 16.
Eva said: “I read the statistics and thought they were terrible but for me, when the statistics stopped being numbers and started actually being my friends I realized how big of an issue [sexual assault] was.”
In July 2016, Eva began raising money for HELP; an Auckland-based non-profit organization that helps women and children recovering from the effects of sexual assault, on Givealittle .
Then a lingerie brand – “Lonely” – offered Eva the chance to appear in a photoshoot and promised to donate all proceeds from online and instore sales Thursday, (June 29) (launch day) to Eva’s Wish.
And the good news? So far Eva has raised over an incredible £30,835 as of posting.
Helene Morris, Lonely’s co-founder has high hopes the money raised and the photoshoot itself would lead to greater awareness, education, and support.
Morris said: “Eva is our ultimate inspiration. Choosing to spend her time trying to make a positive difference in people’s lives is incredibly admirable.”
I firmly believe that every child deserves the right to good early childhood education and that is why I support these guys! I had an amazing time at my kindergarten and am still in touch with my favourite teacher Christina or as she is known to me 'Stina. To read more about why I think this is important and to learn about some of the naughty things I got up to at kindy click the article below! https://everychild.org.nz/2017/05/eva-mcgauley/