Mother and son journey to raise funds with thanks
CEREBRAL Palsy sufferer Kyle Sculley has been fighting adversity all his life, but he's not shying away from a new challenge.
Kyle, 12, and his mum Karen will travel a round trip from their home in Banora Point to Coolangatta for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Steptember fundraiser.
Eloquent and well spoken, an optimistic Kyle said he was ready to tackle the trip, which is estimated to cover 12km and take over two and a half hours.
"It's a great cause, and me having it myself, it's a great thing to do," Kyle said.
"It was just a little idea that me and mum came up with while we were talking about things."
It's going to be very hard, as it's from Banora Point to Coolangatta, so that'll be quite interesting, seeing how it plays out.
The alliance donated equipment to improve quality of life for Kyle and Ms Sculley, so the pair were keen to help others in similar positions.
"It's going to be very hard, as it's from Banora Point to Coolangatta, so that'll be quite interesting, seeing how it plays out," Kyle said.
"It will be a great achievement if we do accomplish that."
Kyle said he was "very proud, immensely proud" of his mum for joining him on the walk and said life had been great, despite a variety of obstacles.
"I'm feeling happy, very immensely happy with my life right now," Kyle said.
Ms Sculley couldn't help but grin when describing Kyle's latest adventure at the Nitro Circus extreme sports show, where he met Aaron 'Wheelz' Fotheringham, a spina bifida sufferer and wheelchair stunt artist.
"We met Travis Pastrana (BMX champion) and a guy named Wheelz and he offered to take Kyle down the 50m high ramp," she said.
Ms Sculley was chuffed by the offer but, not surprisingly, declined.
Ms Sculley proudly said Kyle was always making new friends and displaying wisdom well beyond his years.
"I'm beaming with pride, I just couldn't be more proud of him," Ms Sculley said.
"He's so tough; he's got great inner strength. I think he's just getting braver as he gets older.
"I've nurtured him and I think I'm bringing out the very best in him."
Ms Sculley had trouble containing her emotions when asked about the community support Kyle had received over the years.
"You don't ask people for help because God chooses us as the parents," Ms Sculley said.
"But it's beautiful and very humbling."
Ms Sculley said Steptember was a way for them to give back to others for all the help they had been blessed with.
To sponsor, contact Ms Sculley on 0416 017 593.