Nathan’s spirit rises above his disability

Nathan Hughes, who has cerebral palsy, is undaunted in his quest to better his 2012 Run for a Reason result.
Nathan Hughes, who has cerebral palsy, is undaunted in his quest to better his 2012 Run for a Reason result.

And with a heap of family support and training behind him, the Fremantle Dockers supporter has every chance of completing that goal.

The 22-year-old mixes daily walks with laps of the pool twice a week, on top of visits to the gym, which he does once a week.

‘He did the HBF run for the first time last year to challenge himself, so this year he wants to do even better,’ mum Caroline said.

‘His brothers are both very keen cyclists and have been tremendously supportive and encouraging. They admire him for his commitment to all that he does, and how that inspires them.

‘They were very quick to put up their hands to do this challenge with Nathan.’

Caroline described Nathan as a hero to her and the community.

‘Many of the local people know Nathan from school and understand what his life challenges have been,’ she said.

‘Even staff at the shops and train station stop us when we pass to say hi to him and know him by name. He is well known and liked.’

‘He inspires me to always be grateful for what I have and for how easy my life has been. I don’t ever complain when times are tough. I know better than anyone what he faces every day.’

Nathan and brothers Andrew and Richard are using the Run for a Reason to raise money for not-for-profit organisation, Rocky Bay.

Visit hbfrunfundraising.com.au/|nathans_rockers to contribute to Nathan’s effort.