Update on the DuWayne Brayton and Dave Malarky

So the results of the fundraiser.

We raised a lot of money. In fact a LOT more than we needed. Nearly 200 pounds between us.

We raised enough to get not one walker but TWO out there to Dave. The logic is this. For indoor use there is a walker (A zimmer frame with two wheels) which allows him to use it indoors and in closed spaces. This won’t help him play around. When he is stronger there is a different type of walker that will let him move more surely while providing support (It’s a rollator. A walker with wheels). This will allow him to  walk longer distances unaided and indeed play since he can move faster.

To get one in his size was a big search. I must have called two or three different places and looked at medical supply shops. The thing is 5 year olds are so very rarely hurt in our society so they simply “don’t make them that small”.

Except these two devices.

These were designed for people his age. While the second is mainly for cerebral palsy children it will help strengthen his back and stop him from slouching about too while the first will build his upper arm strength (remember you have to lift it with each step).

So well done to all of you for making this possible. Dave should get his walkers by next weekend. Hopefully before he leaves the hospital.

And in return? Dave may have something special for you guys. They are planning to video him walking and I figure you guys need to see what you have done to realise how important this was to him. The remaining money is to go to Uttrakhand flood relief and will help house and feed dozens of people.

So if DuWayne has to put up with Dave getting up to mischief it is entirely our faults.

So… round of applause. Thank you for helping out.


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