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William was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at two weeks old. His mum Gemma was told he would never walk or talk. In that moment William’s world changed.

William is a little boy who has defied many odds.

Born 11 weeks early, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at two weeks old. His mum Gemma spent eight weeks in hospital with William until he was strong enough to return to the family home in Shepparton.

“From the day William was born, we have tried to help him develop to his full potential. We know he’s capable of so much. But getting support for William was long and difficult, but then we were told about Scope. That changed everything” Gemma said.

When Gemma found out that the Scope GoKids mobility van would be visiting Shepparton, she got in touch straight away.

“Elise from GoKids was so generous with her time. She came to our house and spent over two hours discussing options and mobility devices that were available and would best suit William.”

The GoKids’ van travels all around Victoria providing families with the opportunity to try out the various mobility options available to determine the best fit for each, unique child.

 “I was thrilled to see the various types of equipment that would support William as he grows. It was such a relief to know that he would have some independence as he grows.”

Scope GoKids have loaned William a Pacer Gait Walker while the family waits for his funding to be approved. The Walker provides William with an opportunity to explore his environment and experience his surroundings. William’s mum, Gemma, described how William’s future has brightened thanks to Scope’s early intervention services.

“To see the joy on his face when he stands and plays at the table with his big sister Sophie is so beautiful.”

The benefits of mobility are both immediate and life-long for children with physical disabilities. I understand that times are challenging for everyone at the moment with COVID-19 restrictions. However, any gift, large or small will brighten the lives of children living with disability.

Please help more kids like William explore their world.

Positive effects of a Specialised Walker #3

​​​​​​​Builds muscle strength and aids respiratory and digestive systems.