We want to help change people’s lives at Diaco’s, and supporting people who deserve help is something that’s really important to us.
Meet Max, the bravest little 6 year old you’ll ever get to meet. Max has Cerebral Palsy, a diagnosis he was given shortly after his birth. Despite the physical challenges he faces, he’s resilient and determined to reach his full potential. Three great qualities that make a person a force to influence positive change in the world.
Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorder affecting a person’s ability to move. It’s due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or after birth. Cerebral Palsy affects people in different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance.
Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood. In Australia there are approximately 34,00 people living with this condition. 1 in 500 babies are born with Cerebral Palsy across the world, and there is no known cure. Max works incredibly hard every single day of his life to reach the development milestone we all take for granted. Having Cerebral Palsy means Max has to work harder than most people just to be able to walk, ride a bike or dress himself independently. Now, with the help of a new intensive therapy program called TheraSuit Method, Max is on a mission to achieve his goals!
Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong condition. After years of completing traditional therapies, Max and his family have found an intensive therapy that is enhancing his function outcomes at a progressive rate with such positive results.
The ‘TheraSuit’ is a biomechanical suit used to increase feedback to the brain and enhance movement. It is the cutting edge therapeutic technique for the treatment of Cerebral Palsy. What’s great about TheraSuit therapy is that children can progress at a rate due to the intensity of the program with the aim of reducing the need for botox or surgery. Thanks to the TheraSuit and an intense functional training program, Max’s motor skills are becoming more fluent and require less effort.
Max has turned a corner – literally! He’s now able to move more independently to stand and walk with less support – movements we take for granted because it comes to naturally to us.
Max on a Mission
This therapy is amazing and is helping Max improve – but it’s expensive – and there’s no government assistance for this therapy. Diaco’s would like to help raise money for this great cause.
Max and his family have seen the effects TheraSuit can have, and their mission is to give other kids access to this new type of therapy.
Raise $450,000 for 15 local kids to take part in a 12 month TheraSuit trial and record the outcomes.
Document the results and present to the government. This will lead to a national clinical trial which will further prove government investment is worthwhile.
The TheraSuit trial includes a full year of intensive therapy. The kids will experience:
- 3 hours of therapy for 5 days across 3 week blocks
- 2 hours of therapy a week for the length of the trial
Max’s mission is taking him to the Kokoda Trail; the ultimate Australian challenge. Max and his dad will be heading there on August the 15th. Dad will walk the track carrying Max on his back for their entire 96km journey.
The money raised will go directly to financially supporting the kids during the therapy. What Max and his family are doing will have a great impact on others lives. Get behind him – we know we are.