A brave youngster is preparing to take on a challenging triathlon just over a year after undergoing life-changing surgery.
Callum Brown, from Seaton Sluice, who suffers from cerebral palsy, underwent selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery performed by Dr Park in St Louis in the United States in 2013, after the community pulled together to raise the funds needed.
And now, just 20 months on, he is preparing to take part in the first Children’s Disability Triathlon.
As part of the challenge, Callum will take on a 100m swim, 4k bike ride and a 1k run – something which would have been impossible prior to his surgery.
Callum’s mum Sharon said: “It’s incredible to see how far he has come since the surgery.
“Callum is doing the furthest distance in each event, and has been training nearly every day for it.
“He can stand and walk independently now, which he could never do before, he continues to amaze us and go from strength to strength.
“It is going to be an absolutely amazing achievement for him.”
The triathlon, which is to be held at David Lloyd in Newcastle on Sunday, September 14, has been organised by Callum’s personal trainer Jo Shallcross.
“The triathlon is designed for children with all different kinds of disabilities, and we really just want them to realise they can achieve it, rather than times,” she said.
The event will raise money for the Heel & Toe charity as well as helping Callum continue to pay for his aftercare following surgery.
Callum trains twice a week at a unit on the Tyne Tunnel Industrial Estate provided free of charge by Whitely Bay-based umbrella charity Angels of the North.
Sharon said: “He has to have private physiotherapy, which is very costly, and we are running out of funds.
“He will probably need physiotherapy while he is still growing so we still have a long road ahead of us.
“He is doing something different every day to help him get as fit and flexible as possible.”
To support Callum and sponsor him for the triathlon visit www.justgiving.com/wishtowalktherapy