North Shore Times : February 14th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 15 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 NEWS SPECIALS VALID ONLY AT NORTHCOTE ROAD FROM 02/02/13 UNTIL 03/03/13. * The Bottle-O supports the responsible service of alcohol. Specials valid from 02/02/13 until 03/03/13 or while stocks last. Retail quantities only. No trade supplied. Cash & Carry only. All prices include GST where applicable.Tobacco & Alcohol not sold to under 18's. Prices exclude reserve or premium varieties unless specifed. E. & O. E. Images for advertising purposes only. ONLY AT NORTHCOTE ROAD 46 Northcote Road, Phone 09 419 4140 NORTHCOTE ROAD Monday 10am - 8pm Tuesday/Wednesday10am - 9pm Thursday 10am - 10pm Friday 10am - 11pm Saturday 10am - 11pm Sunday 10 am - 8pm • Tiger 12 Pk 330ml • Becks 12 Pk 330ml • Budweiser 12 Pk 355ml •JimBeam&Cola Can Pk 330ml $20 .99 each • Southern Comfort 1L $39.99 each • Absolut Vodka 700ml $31 .99 each • Cienna Rosso • Dolcetto & Syrah • Moscato • Moscato Rosa • Zibibbo • Zibibbo Rosa $13 .99 each BROWN BROTHERS 750ml RANGE • Pinot Gris • Chardonnay • Pinot Noir • Riesling • Sauvignon Blanc $12 .99 each WILD SOUTH MARLBOROUGH 750ml RANGE $40.00 two for Syndrome doesn't stop sporty girl Sports mad: Alana Blow, 7, loves sport despite the limitations of her medical condition. She took part in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon for the first time last year. By LAUREN PRIESTLEY GIVEITATRY The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon will be held on February 24 at Vellenoweth Green in St Heliers. Online registrations close on February 20. Go to tryathlon.weetbix.co.nz for more information. Alana Blow will eventu- ally be unable to compete in events like the Weet- Bix Kids TRYathlon. She has Marfan syn- drome -- a rare, life- threatening condition which restricts the phy- sical activities she can do.The 7-year-old is ex- cited to be taking part in the event at St Heliers on February 24. It will be her second time and she has been wearing her T-shirt from last year in preparation. It's really fun. I like it. The swimming was my favourite but last year I ran through the water because it was really cold.'' Marfan syndrome is a hereditary disorder that affects the connective tis- sue holding the body together. Sufferers grow faster than normal which stres- ses organs including the heart. Alana is the height of an average 12-year-old. She celebrates her eighth birthday on Saturday. The major risk for those with Marfan syn- drome is the fatal swelling and rupturing of the aorta. Patients are advised to limit physical activity from an intermediate age, which means Ala- na's lifestyle will change completely in less than four years Alana's mother Hannah was born with the syndrome and knows the effects. These are her golden years really. We want her to make the most of it because she will be limited in her choices when she grows up.'' Mrs Blow describes her youngest child as pure dynamite''. She's all go. Even though she's the youngest of four she has no problem keeping up. She's not typical like other kids but she's not that different either.'' Alana loves netball and swimming and wants to learn the drums. The family is trying to encourage her into less physical hobbies but at the moment the TRYathlon gives her daughter something special, Mrs Blow says. She can do sport now when it's not about pushing yourself. It's great for her self esteem.'' There is a 50 per cent chance children will inherit the syndrome from a parent who has it. Alana is one of four children. One other has Marfan syndrome and another has Down syn- drome. It's all variable,'' she says. We're definitely a blended family.'' Mrs Blow never con- sidered not having children and says it's all about making life choices that suit the condition. My attitude is very much that I have had a great life. Yes, I was told atayoungagenottodo sports but I have been able to do everything else.'' Mrs Blow's brother died from the syndrome attheageof26andher father at 46. She says losing family members has made her ensure her children are getting the best care. They belong to an American support group and Alana has regular checkups with a pedi- atric cardiologist. They also have to take a cocktail'' of medication to slow down any heart damage. We're not casual with it at all. But with good man- agement, and if you take care of yourself, you can live into old age. That's not bad.'' The TRYathlon is part- sponsored by Fairfax Media, owner of this newspaper.
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