ALEX Goodwin is about to add a half marathon to his list of life achievements, and he’s running it for an extra special reason.
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He’s running for his vibrant, kind, loving three-year-old son Carter, who has cerebral palsy quadriplegia hypertonic spasticity.
This month, Alex will run a total of 21.1 kilometres to raise funds and awareness for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
All funds raised by this wonderful organisation go towards items that the Australian government and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) doesn’t cover.
One of the most important areas that funds raised for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance are used for is research into this condition.
One in 500 children in Australia (1 every 15 hours) are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy is a physical disability that affects movement and posture.
In Carter’s case, it impacts on his ability to sit, crawl, stand and walk.
It also impacts on Carter’s ability to communicate, learn and interact, which is something we can easily take for granted.
All research improves the quality of life for individuals living with Cerebral Palsy.
For Carter’s parents, Alex and Sam, and his siblings Milla and Hudson, there is nothing more wonderful than the thought of giving Carter the best chance he can possibly have.
Sam told News Of The Area, “I am so proud of Alex and his training efforts leading up to the marathon.”
“He has worked really hard to get where he is, often training after work and at nights when Huddy, Carter and Milla are down for the night.”
“He has always gone above and beyond for our little family and we really could not ask for a better role model and advocate for all three of our kids as they grow up,” she said.
Carter’s family would love it if you had a spare $10 to help out, but have also encouraged readers to comment with their favourite motivational song to motivate and encourage Alex on his run.
By Rachael VAUGHAN