Fairfield West family takes part in STEPtember

Making a difference: Kyle Allan, 16, with brothers David, 6, and William, 5, will take part in STEPtember to raise funds for Prairiewood's Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Picture: Simon Bennett

Making a difference: Kyle Allan, 16, with brothers David, 6, and William, 5, will take part in STEPtember to raise funds for Prairiewood's Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Picture: Simon Bennett

A FAIRFIELD West family has taken the steps to raise funds for Prairiewood's Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

The Allan family will take part in this year's STEPtember by walking 10,000 steps each day from September 3-30 in a bid to raise funds for the alliance.

William Allan, 5, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 18 months old and began using services at the alliance.

His mother, Marielle, said her son underwent regular therapy to enable him to walk and with the help of therapists, and support from the family, he achieved his goal of walking through the school gates on his first day of kindergarten this year.

She said the progress inspired her and her eldest son Kyle, 16, to register a team of four — The Will Fighters — for the challenge.

The team comprises Mrs Allan, Kyle and friends Fabiola Fabrellas and Lisa Ellis.

They will each wear pedometers next month and log their daily activity online.

"'We have seen firsthand how much therapy, support and equipment is needed by kids with cerebral palsy to enable them to be as independent as possible and interact with their peers," Mrs Allan said.

"Will is amazing as he is determined to keep up with his friends and he puts in the hard yards at therapy to be able to do that.

"Now that he's walking, his next goal is to run. Nothing will stop him."

She said STEPtember was a great way to support other kids like William to ensure they received the services, therapy and equipment they needed.

The team has already raised $1000 but they're hoping to double that figure.

To help The Will Fighters reach their goal, make a dination by clicking here.

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