Wish comes true for Kiama Downs boy Dexter Heffernan

First published on 12th July, 2018 by Lisa Wachsmuth

Kiama Downs boy Dexter Heffernan is looking forward to exercising and playing with his friends in a brand new way thanks to KidzWish.

The Illawarra children’s charity this week granted Dexter’s wish by presenting him with a $7000 walking aid frame, thanks to funds raised at its ninth annual bowls day in March.

Born prematurely, Dexter has cerebral palsy, vision problems and has battled cancer.


It all started with a wish to move around like other kids - and now thanks to Illawarra charity Kidzwish Foundation Inc a seven year old boy with cerebral palsy can do just that. #9News Love Dexter

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His mother Lenice said he’d be able to use the walking frame at home, preschool and in the community to help his development.

“Even though he regularly comes out of his wheelchair, Dexter is predominantly in a seated or flexed position throughout the day,” she said.

“Standing and stepping allow Dexter to have opportunities to weight bear, have pressure relief from his bottom and to move his lower limbs independently for joint comfort.

“Dexter has reduced opportunities to move and increase his exercise tolerance.

“By having access to a walker he is able to exercise like his friends and participate in the gross motor activities and increase his heart rate.”

— Lisa Wachsmuth

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