Midland mum’s call to join Team Zavier for Purple Walk 4 Epilepsy

Shaileen Roberts of Midland with her son Zavier Elward (2).  Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d491364
Shaileen Roberts of Midland with her son Zavier Elward (2). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d491364

MIDLAND mother Shai Roberts and her son Zavier (2) are hoping to gain strength from more walkers for the Purple Walk 4 Epilepsy WA.

Team Zavier will be walking 1km laps around Curtin University’s Edinburgh Oval for the second-straight year on March 24.

The team was inspired by Zavier, who is unable to walk because of severe epilepsy.

Shaileen Roberts of Midland with her son Zavier Elward (2). Picture: David Baylis

Shai is looking to increase the 18-member team to 50.

Funds raised will go towards Epilepsy WA support groups.

Shai said Zavier would take part in his wheelchair.

“We did (the walk) last year so we wanted to do it again to see if we can raise more money and get more people on board,” she said.

“We were hoping that he was walking by the epilepsy walk this year but maybe next year.”

Following a move to Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, Zavier’s condition has improved.

Shai said her son no longer needed a nasal gastric tube for his medication, which had dropped from seven to three types.

“He hasn’t had a seizure in three months,” she said.

“Sometimes, he would make himself stand up on his inflatable pool and use it to hold his body but he doesn’t last long.

“The only word that he can say is ‘mum’ but he has gotten more vocal whereas before, he was quiet and didn’t really make a sound but now he is ‘goos and gahs’.

“Stay strong for your children because if you stay strong, they will grow stronger.”

For information, visit the Updates on Zavier Facebook page.

Register at www.purplewalk4epilepsywa.com.au or call 1300 852 853.