IF growing up is not a challenge in itself, try doing it all while battling the emergence of severe rheumatic heart disease at the tender age of 14.
This is life for the outgoing, brilliant Sireli Uluilakeba, who has accomplished so much in the past few years of his life.
From the Kaila! Star Search, to winning school awards for excellence, the young Uluilakeba has proven to be outstanding.
He is now in need of support, through prayers and monetary help, for an operation his family is hoping to help him live a healthier life.
On Wednesday evening, a fundraising dinner laden with entertainment and great positive vibes was hosted by the family in Suva to raise funds for the boy as well as create awareness about RHD in Fiji.
"Tonight is about celebrating my son's life — about celebrating his 14 years of life, about giving back to God what he has given us over these 14 years," said Sireli's mother, Kara Uluilakeba.
"It's not an easy battle seeing your eldest son getting diagnosed with a heart condition and you being told on that same day that his left valve is irreparable — seeing your son suffer from his first ever heart attack is not an easy thing."
For the past five weeks, the 14-year-old has been hospitalised because of the illness and is undergoing antibiotic treatment.
His valve surgery has been scheduled at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, where he will get a valve replacement once the family raises enough money.
Members of the public can help Sireli Cakau Uluilakeba by depositing money in his account number 9386256 at BSP.