Corey takes on mini-triathlon challenge to help raise funds for life-changing operation (From York Press)
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Corey Eastwood takes on mini-triathlon challenge to help raise funds for life-changing operation
A TEENAGER from York who is unable to walk unaided is set to take part in a mini-triathlon to raise funds for a life-changing operation.
Fundraising to pay for an operation which could help 13-year-old Corey Eastwood, of Dunnington, walk unaided for the first time in his life has recently reached the £10,000 mark.
Corey was born with cerebral palsy, which affects his legs. He gets around with the aid of a walker or, when tired, a wheelchair.
In July, The Press told how he would not be allowed a procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), on the NHS, because NICE guidelines suggested it was most effective on patients aged between three and nine years old.
Corey’s family decided to raise the £25,000 needed for the procedure, with Corey himself now preparing to help with the efforts by taking part in a special event at York Sport Village in October, where he will swim a half mile in the pool, ride his new trike and push his wheelchair around the sports track.
Will Eastwood, Corey’s father, said: “He just got his own trike for the first time this year, so he decided he needed to do something himself to raise money and this was a good way of doing it.
“He’s always tried really hard to do sports and swimming and used to do cycle challenges on an adapted tandem.
“He raised more than £2,000 for Wetherby Lions doing the Wetherby to Filey bike ride, so it made sense really.”
Mr Eastwood also said the £10,000 milestone was a great encouragement to the family, who have set up numerous events, along with friends, family and local community groups, to help raise money for the operation, which they hope will take place next year.
In recent weeks, the Feasegate branch of Yorkshire Building Society donated £600 to the fund, and donations of up to £1,000 from anonymous donors and Mr Eastwood’s friends.
He said: “It’s just reassuring to know we’re making some progress, meaningful progress.
“We’re trying to get Corey in for the operation by March, and that means we’ve got more time ahead of us than since we started fundraising in June, which feels really good.”
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