SUBIACO resident Cayden Pearce – who has cerebral palsy – has been given the ability to stand and walk thanks to a Variety WA grant.
The new Kidwalk frame allows the seven-year-old to walk and stand directly at the table or bench and give him the ability to use his hands for carrying objects, helping his peer interactions and engagement at school.
Cayden’s father Karl Pearce said that without the $2000 Variety WA grant, as well as support from the Independent Living Centre, Senses Australia and Australian Mobility Equipment, the Kidwalk frame would not have been feasible.
“As parents we love to provide Cayden with all the opportunities we can, but specialist equipment is really expensive and without the help of the fund we would not have been able to purchase the walking frame,” Mr Pearce said.
Cayden is now able to enjoy his newfound freedom and loves playing cricket.
“It’s really important physically to provide exercise and have fun. Cayden can stand up and be eye level with friends and be able to play,” Mr Pearce said.
“Variety are really supportive of Cayden’s situation, as they understand he is a young boy with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair with a lot of potential but needs a little support.”