BLAISE BENEFIT: Dawn Wyatt, of Silkstone, with her son Blaise and Craft and Gift Fair organiser Di Tonkin (right).
BLAISE BENEFIT: Dawn Wyatt, of Silkstone, with her son Blaise and Craft and Gift Fair organiser Di Tonkin (right). David Nielsen

Community rallies for Blaise

THE Ipswich community has continued to rally behind courageous Silkstone five-year-old Blaise Wyatt.

Blaise, who suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, will be returning to the US next month for 180 hours of treatment.

A fair to help the Wyatt family was held at the Ipswich RSL Services Club on Saturday.

Blaise will undergo hyperbaric and speech therapy while in the US.

His mother Dawn Wyatt said it was great to see the community still supporting them.

"All the money will go towards helping Blaise and supporting his therapy," she said.

Mrs Wyatt said the therapy was resulting in real results for Blaise.

"It's helped him a lot," she said.

"He's more alert than ever before and more aware of what is happening."

Craft and Gift Fair organiser Di Tonkin said she was pleased to be able to help locals in need.

"We did have a lot of people come through the doors on Saturday," she said.

"We had a good number of stall holders with good quality products.

"We wanted to make sure we could help someone from Ipswich who needed it.

"Blaise is such a lovely kid, and it's amazing to see the progress they've made with the treatment they've had so far."

The therapy costs $40,000, which includes flights and accommodation for the Wyatts, but has so far proved worth the cost.

It has helped Blaise to sit upright, something the family were told he would never be able to do.

Blaise will undergo the therapy at the Michigan Paediatric

Fitness Centre in Keego Harbor, Michigan, a small town north of Detroit.

When Blaise was diagnosed with the disorder at 10-months his family was told he wouldn't be able to walk, talk, or sit.

However, with the treatments in Michigan the Wyatts say his life is better than they were told it could be.

At the centre, Blaise has used the cutting edge Therasuit orthotic suit designed to help children with cerebral palsy.



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