Wish comes true for Kiama Downs boy Dexter Heffernan

Dexter Heffernan with Beau Thatcher (KidzWish), Ian Roberts (Score Online), Lenice Heffernan and Michael Cox (Veolia) at this week's presentation of the walking aid. Pictures: Supplied
Dexter Heffernan with Beau Thatcher (KidzWish), Ian Roberts (Score Online), Lenice Heffernan and Michael Cox (Veolia) at this week's presentation of the walking aid. Pictures: Supplied

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.

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.

Support: Dexter Heffernan in his new walking aid which helps him stand and reduces the risk of muscle contractures.

Support: Dexter Heffernan in his new walking aid which helps him stand and reduces the risk of muscle contractures.

“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.”