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Brave Corey takes part in mini-triathlion to raise money for operation
A TEENAGER who is unable to walk unaided has taken part in a mini-triathlon to raise money for a life-changing operation.
Corey Eastwood, from Dunnington, was born with cerebral palsy, which affects his legs, and gets around with the aid of a walker or, when tired, a wheelchair.
At the weekend, along with his twin sister Harriet and best friend Tom Sutton, Corey took part in a series of fundraising events to help raise the £25,000 needed to secure a procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) to help him walk unaided for the first time.
Will Eastwood, Corey’s father, said the fundraising events, which also included a concert and auction hosted by Dunnington In Bloom, and Corey’s cousin completing the Three Peaks Challenge, helped boost the Tree of Hope fund, which helped pay for Corey’s operation.
Will said: “We were aiming for March, but the hospital phoned up and offered us this last week.
“We had a few weeks’ notice and since then we’ve been doing a big push to get near to the total and passed the £20,000 mark last weekend. That includes money pledged and what we’re expecting which is fantastic news.
“Last weekend alone, I think we must have taken in about £5,000.”
At the York Sport Village, Corey swam half a mile using only his arms, rode five kilometres on his trike, and pushed his wheelchair one kilometre to help raise money.
Will said: “He was very tired after a half-mile swim as he’s only done that distance once before but he did the 5km trike ride and pushed his wheelchair round for 1km and managed that. He was exhausted and still was by Monday, so we let him have a bit of a lay in “He’s really pushed himself and for him that was fantastic and really lifted his spirits.
“His twin sister Harriet and Tom Sutton, his best friend, did all of it alongside him. It’s a great weight off our shoulders.
Corey’s father Will said his operation had gone well, and Corey had been the oldest child the surgeon had worked on.
Will said: “It’s all gone well as far as we can tell. He was in surgery for over five hours, so we’re very relieved parents.
“There are a lot of potential issues when operating on the nervous system.”
His family wished to thank everyone who has donated to the fund so far, and everyone who has supported the fundraising efforts.
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