Two weeks ago, BC, Little Bean and I took part in the 5.5km walk as part of the Melbourne Marathon. This is because the official charity of the event is CPEC (Cerebral Palsy Education Centre) which is BC’s early intervention centre.
We didn’t win. In fact, we probably came pretty close to last. But, we were never there to win.
BC didn’t walk the whole event. It was warm and windy and there were lots of people. This made him a little nervous and a bit hesitant. BUT he started the walk in his kaye walker AND walked on to the hallowed turf of the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) and did a full lap to the finish line.
They put him up on the big screen as he crossed the finish line and he got his medal. We have hung the medal up in his room next to the medal from LAST YEAR.
And next year, BC tells me, he will walk the whole way.
We raised over $1000 for CPEC on the way and walked in memory of a lovely little boy we know who was one of BC’s first friends but who was taken from this world far too early.
The best part of the day for me, wasn’t actually BC’s individual success. It was the fact that he was hardly ever alone in his walker. There were LOTS of kids (and adults!) in walkers, wearing AFOs, in wheelchairs and on modified tricycles. It felt so great to be PART of something and not be so glaringly ‘different’. I love to believe that the more seen people are with disabilities, the less strange and different they will seem and hopefully, acceptance will follow.
My dream? Not to win a marathon, but for BC to walk down the street with his walking frame and for everyone around to not see the frame at all, just the happy boy getting about his day.