If you spot the Gold Coast’s famous Mower Man today, be sure to drop a coin in his tin.
Claude Harvey is pushing his mower from Surfers Paradise to Charis Seafood in Labrador today, before continuing on to Paradise Point tomorrow.
His latest local journey is part of the Walk For William, raising money for the three-year-old boy who is heading to the US for surgery.
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Little William Dickinson has Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the Tibia (CPT), a rare disorder that affects the development of bones in his legs.
When William was 7 months old, he rolled over from his tummy to his back and fractured his tibia, which prompted the diagnosis.
CPT is a rare condition that affect one in 250,000 children, meaning there are around 24 Aussie kids like William.
William’s mum Aimee searched for a solution, that didn’t involve amputation, and came across Dr. Paley in Florida who has been treating patients with CPT for 28 years.
His success rate has been 100 per cent, so naturally Aimee and her family set about to do everything they could to make sure their little man could have the surgery.
They calculated that the cost for the operation and treatment, along with travel and accommodation expenses, would be $185,000.
Over the past eight months the “amazing” Gold Coast community has managed to reach that target, but Amiee told myGC she hadn’t factored in the cost of on-going treatment once they were home.
That’s where Sunday’s Walk for William comes in.
“Our friend Amy Tobin, who has cerabal palsy, wanted to do the walk for William to support the physio costs and other expenses we’ll have when we get back,” Aimee told myGC.
“I was so focused on the operation, I didn’t think of the other costs at the time.”
Aimee says she’s been overwhelmed by the generosity of the Gold Coast community and will be forever grateful.
“Thank you so much to everybody. We couldn’t have reached this goal in eight months without everyone’s support!”
The Walk for William will be held at The Esplanade at Paradise Point from 9.30am-12.30pm tomorrow and is just $10, which includes a barbecue breakfast along with the walk, face painting and other entertainment.
Head to the Event Brite page to register.