Harrison’s supporters to take part in Big Red Kidney Walk


First Steps Early Learning assistant educator Jessica Sgarlata and assistant manager Laura Arcaro with Harrison Seaward and Patrick Nunan.  Picture: Martin Kennealey  d473462
First Steps Early Learning assistant educator Jessica Sgarlata and assistant manager Laura Arcaro with Harrison Seaward and Patrick Nunan. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473462

THREE-year-old Harrison Seaward doesn’t let the fact that he is sick stop him from being a spirited and happy little boy.

When he was just four months old, Harrison was rushed to hospital suffering seizures, with doctors eventually diagnosing him with malformed kidneys.

But his mother Lisa Seaward said he doesn’t let the fact that he is in and out of check-ups and tests stop him from behaving like any other little boy his age.

“When Harrison got sick at four months of age, I was devastated because up until that day everything seemed quite normal,” she said.

“For now, Harrison is encouraged to be like any other three-year-old but going forward we will have to assess the risks of playing contact sports.

“At last check his overall kidney function had slightly decreased.”

Members of his childcare centre First Steps Early Learning have rallied behind Harrison, holding a special red-themed dress-up fundraiser on Thursday in his honour.

First Steps’ Laura Arcaro said the money raised at the event was donated to Harrison’s fundraising page ahead of his participating in Sunday’s Big Red Kidney Walk alongside 10 other members of the childcare centre.

“Harrison has been with us at First Steps for over two years and we have watched him blossom into a bright, bubbly boy who always has a smile on his face,” she said.

“By hosting an event and joining in the walk, we aim for all staff and families who attend our service and the wider community to gain a better understanding about kidney health.”

Ms Seward said she was “grateful and humbled” that the centre wanted to support them through this fundraiser.

Visit bigredkidneywalk.gofundraise.com.au/page/walkingforharrisonBRKW2017 to donate.

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