News

Nathan’s hopes to get back up

Nathan Handley has packed his bags and will travel to San Diego in California next month where he will spend nearly six months at the Project Walk program. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter
Nathan Handley has packed his bags and will travel to San Diego in California next month where he will spend nearly six months at the Project Walk program. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter Inga Williams

THE dream of walking on his own unaided is one step closer for Rochedale South paraplegic Nathan Handley thanks to the generosity of others.

For the past four months, the 21-year-old has been fundraising to help cover the $30,000 fee to attend an intense physical walking therapy program in America.

Now, Mr Handley is pleased to announce he will pack his bags and travel to San Diego in California next month where he will spend nearly six months at the Project Walk program, retraining his nervous system which he damaged in a bike accident when he was 17.

"Project Walk has a waiting list but I have managed to get in to the program, starting on Monday, February 4," he said.

"I am excited about maximising my opportunity for recovery at Project Walk and can't wait to walk off the plane when I get back to Australia."

Mr Handley said in addition to the help he received from the Logan community, he also had help from the other side of the world.

"Last year I met a really nice family in America," he said.

"They were total strangers in June but have become great friends since.

"They already knew about Project Walk and were convinced of the benefits I got from participating.

"They desperately wanted to help raise funds for me so they decorated their house for Christmas and opened it up to the public.

"People were so amazingly generous and caring when they heard about my goal to walk again."

His American family managed to raise nearly $10,000 for his trip.

Mr Handley will take part in the program for five-and-a-half months, which is the maximum he can stay on a medical visa.

Mr Handley is still short of the funds needed to accompany him to America.

If you are able to help him, search for The Nathan Handley appeal on Facebook.

Topics:  paraplegic



Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

Little Theatre playing big shows

Robyn Harm appears in the ILT production Cruise Missile

Ipswich Little Theatre presents the Deckchairs series

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released