Flying high to achieve his dreams
BLAISE Wyatt turns five next month, just days before he embarks on his fifth round of intensive therapy in the United States.
The Silkstone youngster, who was diagnosed with spastic quadraplegic cerebral palsy at 10 months, will undergo 180 hours of treatment over six weeks at Michigan Paediatric Fitness Centre.
The therapy costs $40,000 including flights and accommodation for the Wyatt family, but has helped Blaise achieve milestones such as sitting upright.
Most recently he has learned to cuddle - a gesture which has brought much joy to his parents Dawn and Cameron.
"When he was diagnosed we were given a gut-wrenching outline of how life with this condition would be. He would never walk, never talk, never sit, be tube-fed through his belly, develop epilepsy and have a short life expectancy," Mrs Wyatt said.
"We decided to ignore all the challenges and simply help him grasp every opportunity there is."
Blaise received his first bout of TheraSuit therapy - a process requiring him to wear a special orthotic suit and offered only in the US and Europe - in 2012.
"He's not too far off being able to stand up, which means he will be able to use a walker," Mrs Wyatt said.
"His future is bright. It's a lot better than what they told us he would be."
The Wyatt family requires $5000 to help fund the treatment in Michigan.
A craft and gift fair will be held at Ipswich RSL Services Club on March 22 with proceeds raised going directly towards the therapy.
Convenor Di Tonkin said she was inspired by Blaise's fighting spirit.
"It is our greatest wish to be able to help him shoot for the stars and achieve his dreams," she said.
The fair will include a variety of stalls and run from 10am to 2pm in the Coral Sea room.