Touching tribute to a "little gentleman"
By JULIA ILES
FORTY people gathered at See Park yesterday to remember the short but precious life of Kaen Notaras.
It was a tribute to the nineyear-old boy who had fought off death for as long as he could.
Kaen died last year of an extremely rare condition called chronic granulamatous disease, which affects the body's immune system.
Yesterday would have been Kaen's 10th birthday. Kaen used to play at See Park, and yesterday his grandmother Libby, mother Suzy and grandfather Spiro took turns shovelling soil around the tree planted in Kaen's honour.
"It's my celebration of his wonderful nine years, I learned a lot from him and I'm not biased when I say he was a little gentleman," Suzy Notaras said. "When we were changing his wounds, he would worry if I wasn't feeling well and ask the nurse to get me headache tablets ... I was a lucky mum.
"When he was in pain, he was still laughing and always had a joke, it makes me have little patience for people when they whinge."
The tree planting ceremony was attended by friends, family and neighbours of the Notaras family.
"It's an old tree and Kaen would like it, he was a gorgeous kid," Libby Notaras said, who wrote to council seeking permission for the tree to be planted.
School photos, family mementos and a teddy bear were on display during the ceremony.