If there is something our local community is amazing at, it is supporting our own in times of need and we need your help!
The team at Mt Alexander Timber and Hardware are participating in a 100km mountain bike ride in March 2021 to help raise funds for local boy Austin Vearing who is travelling to the USA for life changing surgery this year. Our goal is to raise $5,000 – can you help us?
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More about Austin… Austin is a funny, bubbly 4 year old who loves cars, trains, jumping in muddy puddles and the park. Austin has cerebral palsy; he was born premature at 30 weeks and because of this he acquired a brain injury. Austin's cerebral palsy affects both his legs and his left hand. He suffers from spacticity, a tightening of the muscles, which makes moving, walking and everyday tasks extremely difficult. This increased muscle tone means he is fighting against his body to move, so Austin currently cannot walk independently. He uses a walker to get around, and relies heavily on his family for help during his day to day life.
But there’s an opportunity… Austin has been accepted to have a major life changing operation that will permanently reduce his spacticity. It is called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy or SDR in St. Louis, America. This surgery is performed in the lower part of the spine by severing through the nerves to reduce the spacticity in his body. While this isn't a cure to his cerebral palsy, without the spacticity his body won't be as restricted, he will have better posture and control, gain the ability to move in and out of positions with more ease, be more comfortable and in less pain. He will have a better quality of life and it is expected he will be able to walk independently on all surfaces! This opportunity will definitely change his life.
We would love your support to help Austin’s wish to walk come true! ✨