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Watch as little Newcastle girl with cerebral palsy takes her first unsteady steps

Novacastrians urged to get behind 3-year-old Sarah Crawford as she chases her dream of walking unaided by the end of the month – one small step at a time

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Little Sarah being helped by her dad to walk through the gates of her preschool
 
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NEWCASTLE – This is one home video you won’t want to miss. Little Sarah Crawford arrives at the gates of her Newcastle preschool, and, steadied by the protective arms of her dad Brian, steps out for the very first time.

The 3-year-old’s first steps were captured on video by her proud mum. The joy on little Sarah’s face as she does ‘what her friends are doing’, will melt your heart.

‘We’ve been working up to this moment for months now’, said proud dad Brian. ‘Sarah’s cerebral palsy means she needs to work hard to keep up with her friends, and learning to walk is a major achievement for her. We are just so proud of her.’

Sarah’s dad has signed her up for the month-long activity challenge STEPtember. Participants aim to do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September and also raise money to enable Cerebral Palsy Alliance to provide vital therapy, support and equipment for children just like Sarah.

Her team is called ‘Walking with Sarah’ – and Brian has challenged his friends, work colleagues  and family to each take 200 steps for every single step Sarah takes.

‘Sarah amazes us with her positive attitude to life, but also her fierce determination, strength and stamina’, Brian said. ‘Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability affecting Australian kids with a baby born with cerebral palsy every 15 hours. Everyone is likely to know someone with cerebral palsy – be it a relative, friend, or work mate.

‘We’d love our supportive Newcastle community to really get behind Sarah as she takes on this challenge of learning to walk during STEPtember.  It will change her life.’

Sarah is one of some 30,000 Australians taking part in STEPtember, where participants 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, as well as research into cerebral palsy prevention and cure.

To support ‘Walking with Sarah’, go to www.steptember.org.au and donate to Sarah Crawford.

Attention media: Brian Crawford is happy to be interviewed with Sarah and has video to share of her amazing journey so far. Brian can be contacted on 0413 158 677, 

Released on 4 Sep 2014