Kade’s great strides for cerebal palsy awareness

FOR most keen runners, finishing the 12km HBF Run for a Reason is an achievable goal.

But for an 11-year-old Bletchley Park Primary School student with cerebral palsy, who requires the use of a walking aid, it is a pretty big feat.

But that is the new aim for Southern River resident Kade North, who recently completed the 5km Color Run on Sunday, November 1.

Kade has been trying to raise funds for cerebral palsy research.

“I want to do the Run for a Reason,” he said. “I am running 5km with dad and have been running 3km on the treadmill every day.”

Kade first decided to tackle the Run for a Reason in 2014, with his story inspiring media interest and helping him to raise more than $12,000. Kade loves playing sport and, along with his dedication for running, he also has a passion for Australian Rules football, which he plays for Riverton.

“He swims the whole length of the pool with one arm,” Kade’s mother Renee North said.

“He is a very determined boy and basically he will get through life with his determination.

“He wants to be an AFL star.”

The 11-year-old raised more than $1600 in the Color Run and has added motivation to complete the Run for a Reason, with his mother’s best friend’s son also recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

“It is a massive shock when your own son gets it, then your best friend’s son as well,” Ms North said. “Kade says it sucks having cerebral palsy, then I see how bad other kids are (and) it is not that bad.”