Donna Walker celebrates with son Mav, 12, after hearing he has been accepted into the special class at Nimbin Central School.  Also pictured is Donna's daughter Krystal de la Porte, 4.
Donna Walker celebrates with son Mav, 12, after hearing he has been accepted into the special class at Nimbin Central School. Also pictured is Donna's daughter Krystal de la Porte, 4. David Nielsen

High school for Maverick

A FEW weeks ago, Maverick (Mav) Walker wasn’t looking forward to starting high school next year.

But the 12-year-old is now ‘very excited’– he has been offered a place in the special class at Nimbin Central School.

Mav, of North Lismore, suffers from the extremely rare skin condition cutis laxa.

He could be the only person in Australia with the condition, which is characterised by skin that is loose, hanging, wrinkled and lacking in elasticity. As a result, Mav says he has put up with plenty of teasing because ‘I look different’.

But his mother, Donna Walker, said that an article in The Northern Star last month had led to some ‘positive changes’.

“After the article came out the principal of Nimbin Central School contacted the Department of Education to offer Maverick a place in their special class,” she said.

“By putting ourselves out there and explaining Mav’s condition we have had a lot of great things happen.

“The Carer Respite Centre sent some packages to the kids, and they’ve offered to send Kaitlyn (Ms Walker’s 15-year-old daughter) to a young carers’ camp at Lennox Head. They can also help pay for Kaitlyn’s school excursions and uniforms.

“We would really like to thank The Northern Star for all the positive things that have happened. And the changes we’ve seen in Mav have been great.”

Ms Walker also wanted to thank the Interchange Respite Centre for helping Mav and other children with special needs.

She also thanked Mav’s friends and other children who ‘look out for him’.

“There are a lot of other families in similar situations to us, and many don’t get support,” Ms Walker said.

“We want them to know there are services and people who help.”



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