Father hits road to support Blaise
IT TAKES a whole lot of motivation to run 100km in a day.
Fortunately, Ipswich father Graham Whittaker has all the incentive he needs to take on the extreme challenge.
The 33-year-old is set to race in an event called the 100km Surf Coast Century.
It will see him run further than he has ever run before, traversing across beaches, cliff tops and hinterland bush along Victoria's Great Ocean Road.
And he is doing it all to help improve the quality of life for a young Ipswich boy with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy.
Mr Whittaker said he was using the run to raise money to help four-year-old Blaise Wyatt.
The Silkstone youngster was diagnosed with the severe condition when he was 10 months old and has since undergone special treatment in the US. His mum Dawn said Blaise was making noticeable progress from an intensive individualised therapy program called the TheraSuit Method.
The process has Blaise wear a special orthotic suit, offered at clinics in the US and Europe but not available in Australia.
"Before we did the first round of the therapy Blaise couldn't even sit up," Mrs Wyatt said.
"But after four weeks of treatment, when he returned home he could sit up - so it's really improved his co-ordination and muscle strength."
Blaise and his family will head back to the US in two weeks for another bout of therapy.
Mrs Wyatt said having people like Mr Whittaker support Blaise by raising funds really helped take the financial stress out of therapy. Mr Whittaker said he came into contact with Blaise through his son, Cameron, who was in the same swimming class as him.
The 100km run will take place on September 21.
To make a donation visit developingfoundation.org.au