Independence for little Christian thanks to community support
SEEING her grandson play independently on the beach is a dream come true for Julie Sheridan.
Julie has tirelessly fundraised for seven months to purchase her grandson Christian, who has Cerebral Palsy, an all-terrain wheelchair to enable him to play like other six-year-old boys.
Ms Sheridan said purchasing the chair feels like she's won the lottery.
"That's how grateful I am, it just feels like winning the lottery it really does because I wouldn't have been able to do it myself," she said.
Last November, the Advocate shared Christian's story the lack of independence provided by his current, dated wheel chair.
Now, thanks to the generosity of the Coffs Coast community, Christian is able to play out doors and get up to mischief like other six-year-olds.
The Coffs Harbour Freemasons paid the final few hundred dollars to reach the GoFundMe campaign target Julie established six months ago.
To top it off, the wheelchair manufacturer also wiped the $140 delivery price.
After putting up posters in shop fronts and months of campaigning on social media, Julie can't believe her grandson will be able to be independent.
"Just to see his face that he can do things, the independence that its going to give him everywhere is going to be amazing," Julie said.
For Julie, it will also mean she can share her time more evenly when caring for Christian and his sister Sam.
"Now, he'll be able to wheel himself instead of us pushing him because of the terrain," Julie said.
"It's going to make a big difference because he'll be doing his thing and you can have time for Sam."
Fittingly, young Christian will have the wheelchair in time for his 7th birthday in April.
The chair is estimated to last Christian until his early teens.