Back on the 16th of January 2010 at Taunton Gardens, the weather didn’t know what it wanted to do and I remember discussing with Tim what we should do. He said we are getting married here and all will be well.
It was a beautiful ceremony where Tim and Laura became husband and wife. Everyone present were happy that this young couple were marrying. My Father a keen rugby man was so impressed that I was marrying Tim Bateman,a brilliant young rugby player, playing for the Crusaders. I was so honoured they had chosen me to be with them for their wedding day.
Through Facebook, I have followed Tim and Laura’s lives. They have now two beautiful daughters, Shyla and Mylie, and all should be well, with Tim, currently with the Hurricanes. Tim is very talented having captained the Maori All Blacks, and he dreams of being an All Black. New Zealand is letting one of our young treasures (because that is what he is) leave the country. Tim and his family are off to Japan - not because he wants to go, but because he has to. Laura (the beautiful young woman) Tim’s wife, and sweetheart since school, and the mother of their two girls - has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Much to everyone's dismay. Incredibly, Laura will get treatment in Japan, but she can't get here in our country. We as a country, are so forward thinking in many ways, but in terms of looking after our young stars and their families we are failing. A few weeks ago when it was World Multiple Sclerosis Day, John Campbell went for a walk with Laura, Tim and their daughters, Shyla and Mylie. I will share with you a few photos and the links to the story John Campbell has done. Not sure we can do anything but if you have any influence on Pharmac – now is the time to take action. It will be greatly appreciated.
Wishing Tim, Laura and the girls a happy and well life.
Pharmac funding battle for MS medication
Wife to Maori All Blacks captian, Laura Bateman, will receive multiple sclerosis treatment in Japan, as Pharmac funding is miles behind.