True Colours

About True Colours

Cynthia Ward is the founder and CEO/Nurse Specialist of True Colours. Cynthia's vision is for all children who live with serious illness and their families to gain the support they require not only in nursing care but the psychological support that is essential regarding the impact of the illness on the individual and relationships within the family unit.

Will I survive this?

Will I survive....I am asked this question many times by the parents I support at True Colours.  Parents who have just been told their child has a serious health condition, that will take them on a hugely different life path; parents who are exhausted by the relentless complex care their child requires; or those parents [...]

By | August 22nd, 2017|A word from Cynthia|3 Comments

The Foot Family | Walking alongside parents

It's a simple wish as a parent, to have happy healthy children.  However for some parents this wish sadly doesn't come true.   For some they will receive the devastating news that their child has a serious health condition.  The world as they once knew it changes forever. Priscilla and Michael, parents of a five year [...]

By | May 29th, 2017|Family Stories|0 Comments

Celebrating 13 years of supporting families in the Waikato

  It seems hard to believe that 13 years ago True Colours was being birthed!  As I reflect back on that time, I remember the passion and commitment I had to care for children with serious health issues that at the time did not fit within Hospice criteria. It was a huge move for me [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|A word from Cynthia|2 Comments

Children’s Day 2017

Today is Children’s Day, a date made with the intention to enable us to stop and reflect on what our children mean to us.  A day to celebrate each one of them, whether that is the children we have, those who may no longer be with us, and those children we may have yearned for [...]

By | March 5th, 2017|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Letting go of fear

Katie Duncan is an amazing young woman who has worked hard to be at the top of her sporting career in the Football Ferns.  For 10 years she has played for the Ferns and is heading off to play at the Rio Olympics.  Katie knows what it is like to push through personal challenges and [...]

By | July 12th, 2016|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Connie and Alex | Severe Gastric Reflux

At 37 weeks, Alex arrived happy and healthy at Waikato Hospital.  But just hours after they were transferred to River Ridge East Birth Centre, Alex developed breathing problems and was admitted to Waikato Hospital's Newborn(neonatal) Intensive Care Unit(NCIU) for two weeks. "In NICU he would feed and had low blood sugar so they gave him [...]

By | May 31st, 2016|Family Stories|0 Comments

Family Fun Day at Lake Karapiro

Thanks to the wonderful team behind JusCoz , the families we support got to experience a great day out at Lake Karapiro on the 27th February 2016. Here's a little glimpse into our day: I SEE the generous spirit of two men and their extended families as they want nothing more than to make children happy. I [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

National Children’s Day 2016 – celebrating children

It is National Children’s Day on 6th March, a day to take the time to celebrate our children. Although every day we love them, nurture them and care for them, it is also good to stop and celebrate them! "Children are like buds in a garden and they should be carefully and lovingly nurtured" I [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

The Face of Courage

As I look into her six year old eyes, I am struck by the openness and trust that I see.  As she stares back at me she is working hard with her respirations as she fights yet another chest infection.  This is the third one in quick succession and her parents are exhausted.  She is [...]

By | August 26th, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

The Shadow Health Care

While writing my PhD, I have immersed myself in the various models of care for children who have serious health conditions. Shuster and colleagues (2011) published an article titled ‘Children with health issues: The Future of Children’. They believe the care that parents provide to their children with serious health conditions, in their homes; can [...]

By | August 23rd, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments