Central Coast family inspired by memory of 5-year-old brother and son with cerebral palsy
WAMBERAL, TUESDAY 26 AUGUST 2014 – Little Edward Davenport was just five-years-old when he passed away in 1995. Nearly 20 years later, his legacy lives on with his entire family stepping up to support other children with cerebral palsy.
Edward was born with severe cerebral palsy and received regular therapy from Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Although his two younger sisters were just 3-years-old and 10-weeks-old when Edward passed away, his memory lives on in their determination to help others.
Now grown-up, Edward’s ‘little’ sisters Sarah and Kimberley are joining their parents Michael and Joanne in signing up for the STEPtember activity challenge. They’ve called their team ‘Wud’s Walkers’, in memory of the childhood name the then little girls gave their big brother Edward.
‘Cerebral palsy affects thousands of Australian families just like ours’, Sarah said. ‘By taking part in STEPtember in Edward’s memory, we hope to raise awareness about cerebral palsy and the personal experiences and struggles that many families go through.
‘People take their ability to do every day things for granted. By walking 10,000 steps a day for the month of September, we are hoping to raise awareness that life is precious and the little things we take for granted each day, someone with cerebral palsy may not be able to achieve without therapy and assistance.’
STEPtember participants form teams of four and each do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September. They wear pedometers and log their daily activity online. More than 40 activities can also be converted into steps including cycling, rowing, surfing and going to the gym.
Participants also raise money to help Cerebral Palsy Alliance provide vital equipment and therapy for kids in need.
‘We know from personal experience that any financial assistance goes a long way in assisting with the purchase of equipment and therapy which is vital for children with cerebral palsy’, Edward’s mum Joanne said.
‘In addition to the health and fitness benefits of taking part, we will get great satisfaction from knowing the money we raise will help kids with cerebral palsy receive the therapy and services they need to live life to the full.’
Edward’s family would love the Central Coast community to also step up and register to take part in STEPtember. To sign up a team, or to support ‘Wud’s Walkers’, go to www.steptember.org.au
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Released on 26 Aug 2014