Budding Paralympian helping other kids

Budding Paralympian helping other kids
Posted on Mon 6 Jul 2020

Declan (12) has been a client of CPA since late 2017. He is a keen and determined teen who lives with an Acquired Brain Injury caused by illness when he was a toddler.  

As a budding Paralympian, Declan doesn’t see himself as different from anyone else and loves any excuse to play sport. According to his mum Giselle, 

“He wasn’t diagnosed until he was nine, so he spent years not knowing about his disability. But he always insisted on playing and competing against everyone no matter how hard it was.” 

Declan has won medals in swimming, snowboarding, skiing and athletics! In 2018, he represented CPA at the Invictus Games Little Warriors event. 

Declan participated in the 20/twenty Challenge for the first-time last year, swimming and walking to raise funds for essential equipment for children living with cerebral palsy. He loved it so much that he’s participating again with the CPA Cubs for three main reasons.  

Firstly, it is extra special and fun to be part of a team with his friends from the CPA camps. 

Secondly, he wants to give back to the organisation that “totally changed his life” by helping other children like himself who desperately need mobility and communication equipment. 

Without the right equipment at the right time, these children cannot communicate or keep up with their friends and it puts a significant emotional and financial strain on their families. 

Most of all, he loves lining up amongst all the adults and showing them he and his teammates are just as good, if not better! 

“Declan only has one effort level and that is 100%. He has a massive heart when competing and competes even harder when he’s in a team with his mates.”  - Giselle

Will you stand alongside Declan and change a child’s life by donating to his team, CPA Cubs? 

Newcastle Knights supporters recently raised over $600 for CPA through the 50-50 Charity Raffle. 

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