- Nicole Mathewson
Family takes on four more children after their mum dies of cancer
A Christchurch family have vowed to ensure their late friend’s four children “know nothing but love”, after she died of cancer soon after moving south for a new life.
The Walker family – Justin, Yllana (known as Lana) and Destiny – are now a family of seven after their friend Miriama Puhia died from liver cancer last month at the age of 32. Her cancer was caused by neurofibromatosis – a genetic disorder that can cause tumours (which can become cancerous) to grow on nerve endings in the body.
The families had been inseparable since Lana Walker and Puhia met at a mutual friend’s home in Hawke’s Bay about 15 years ago.
“They instantly clicked ... they were soulmates,” Justin Walker said.
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