Young Jameela still needs help after crash
A MOMENTARY lapse of attention behind the wheel of his car nearly cost Jason Bowden his precious little girl, Jameela's life.
Jameela, who is nearly four-years-old, spent four months recovering in the Royal Brisbane Hospital before being allowed to return to her Coolum Beach home.
But the journey is far from over as Jameela is not the same little girl she was.
It's more than 18-months since the December 8, 2013 crash and Jameela is still struggling to walk, talk and eat properly.
She has a peg in her stomach to help her with food.
She requires constant care to make sure she doesn't injure herself.
The struggles of living with a child with disabilities are not easy to talk about for Jameela's mum and dad Carolyn Cox and Jason Bowden.
When your precious daughter has survived a car crash - you are eternally grateful she is alive and talking about how exhausting it can be doesn't feel right.
But Jameela and her family need help now, just as much as they did in the days and weeks after the accident.
"She still can't walk," Carolyn said.
"She has spasticity in her arms and she struggles to swallow. She still has a peg in her stomach.
"I'm constantly trying to get food into her. It's a nightmare as we have to worry about vomiting.
"It is very taxing on us, we also have a two-year-old."
Her voice breaks as she says she knows "there are a lot of people worse off".
But another Sunshine Coast dad has seen the family's plight and is determined to do something about it.
Pomona's Luke Bordessa met Jason through mutual friends.
He was struck by a father working around-the-clock to try and support his family.
"I heard the story about Jameela and it got to me, I've got a little boy as well," he said.
The once keen cyclist who gave it up when "life and middle age caught up with me" has decided to on his bike again for a worthy cause.
He will be cycling from Jameela's house in Coolum Beach to Killarney Vale in Sydney's Central Coast to meet up with another girl, Ruby Adams, who is going through a tough time.
Ruby has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder, and her medication costs her family about $1000 a month.
Luke aims to do the 1100 kilometre journey in seven days and hopes to raise "at least $15,000 between the two families".
But fundraising is proving to be harder than the physical challenge of the long road ahead.
"People seem to be suffering from charity fatigue at the moment," he said.
To get involved in the fundraising effort and learn more about the families, visit the Facebook page.