My son, Jenson, was such a friendly, smiley little baby, but he wasn’t crawling or walking like other one year olds. He did this little shuffle on his bottom instead.
When he was three and still not walking, we were told to start looking for a specialist school for Jenson. I thank my lucky stars every day that we live near Victoria Education Centre (VEC). This is a Livability service for children with all kinds of disabilities, and as soon as I heard about it, I thought ‘I will get my child into this school no matter what!’
When Jenson was in a vertical position in a walker for the first time in his life, I think he suddenly looked at the world in a different way. It’s like he thought ‘I can do this. I can do this on my own’.
I’ll never forget the day I walked into Jenson’s classroom and there were six therapists standing in a circle around him. He was walking between one therapist and another, as they clapped and cheered him on. I immediately welled up. Those were his first ever steps without a walker.
I know it’s gifts like yours that helped Jenson to take those first steps.
Jenson is six now, and I’m proud to say that he’s achieved so many firsts since starting at VEC. He’s learned to swim, he’s communicating, playing and he’s even taken part in a race! If you think where he’s come from – not walking at all – to where he is now... that’s the difference your donation could make today.
Let me sum up the difference Livability has made to my son and my family. When I started to take Jenson to school, about two years ago, I used to carry him in from the car. And then, within three months, he was shuffling in with a walker. And then within another three months he walked in on his own. And three months after that, well, he’s been sprinting ever since!
Jenson’s even got to run a one kilometre race and I couldn’t be prouder. When I saw him cross the finishing line, I thought to myself: I’d better pull my finger out! And so I ran the London Marathon. It was tough, but my son’s bravery kept me going all the way to finishing line.
Today, I’d really encourage you to do something too: please make a donation to Livability and help more kids like my son to walk – and even to run. Thank you.
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