Little Fairfield boy inspires his teenage brother to step up to help other kids with cerebral palsy
Brothers work together to urge local community to take on STEPtember challenge
FAIRFIELD, TUESDAY 12 AUGUST 2014 – He may only be 5-years-old and has just conquered the transition to ‘big school’, but a little Fairfield boy is inspiring others to take steps to change lives.
Little William Allan has cerebral palsy and like thousands of other Australian children has undergone regular therapy to enable him to walk. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 18 months old, and almost immediately began receiving services at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Prairiewood site.
Working with his team of therapists, and with the support of his mum Marielle, Dad Rob and big brothers Kyle and David, William this year achieved his goal of walking through the school gates on his first day of Kindergarten.
Mum Marielle says Will’s amazing progress, and the help from all the therapy he has received from Cerebral Palsy Alliance, have inspired her and her eldest son Kyle (16) to register a team for the month-long activity challenge STEPtember.
Their team is called ‘The Will Fighters’ and also includes their friends Fabiola Fabrellas and Lisa Ellis.
‘We have seen first-hand how much therapy, support and equipment is needed by kids with cerebral palsy to enable them to be as independent as possible and interact with their peers’, said Marielle. ‘Will is amazing as he is determined to keep up with his friends and he puts in the hard yards at therapy to be able to do that. Now that he’s walking, his next goal is to run. Nothing will stop him!
‘STEPtember is a way that we can help support other kids like Will and ensure they get the services, therapy and equipment they need.’
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.
Marielle would love the Fairfield community to also step up and register to take part in STEPtember. It is a great excuse for people to shake off the winter blues and get active in spring.
‘We have such a wonderful and supportive community, and it would be great to see everyone rallying to take part in STEPtember’, she said. ‘Will’s determination and positive attitude to life is something we can all learn from.’
To sign up a team or support ‘The Will Fighters’, go to www.steptember.org.au
ATTN EDITORS: Marielle and her sons Will (5) and Kyle (16) are available for photos and a chat. Please call Marielle on 0411 772 209.
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Released on 12 Aug 2014