5K Run & Family Barbecue - A Benefit for Liam Traynor
Organized by: Debbie Traynor
EVENT DATE Jun 18, 2016
In conjuction with The John & Christine Tortorella Foundation, we are planning a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Family Barbeque scheduled for June 18th, 2016. The event is being held to assist Liam Traynor and the Traynor Family raise funds required to help purchase a wheelchair accessible van and help make an ADA accessible bedroom/bathroom for Liam to live comfortably. Liam was born prematurely, along with his twin sister, at 28.5 weeks; weighing only three pounds and only 16 inches long. Liam faced many medical challenges and, after spending sixty-eight days in the NICU, his weight dropped to only two pounds and he was subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Throughout Liam’s adolescent years he has had several hip surgeries and intensive physical therapy to regain strength and mobility. From the age of two, Liam has always faced each and every obstacle with a smile and a determined outlook.
Liam is now a teenager looking for more independence within his community and home. His buddies like to swing by his home to take him out, so he can join them and have fun, but lifting him and his wheelchair is very challenging. Liam wants to be able to wheel himself into the van without the dependence of others; enjoying the same independence of his peers. At home Liam would like to go into his bedroom or bathroom without adult assistance. Liam wants his privacy and just be a normal teenager.
Liam and our family have been very blessed by the support of family and friends throughout his journey, though it hasn’t been an easy one, we could never have done it without them. As Liam begins his next chapter, we realize we now need the help of our community and friends. It’s never easy to ask for assistance, but we know we cannot do this alone financially. The funds will go towards a wheelchair accessible van (anticipated cost is $70,000) and the conversion of our garage into an ADA accessible bedroom and bathroom (anticipated cost of $40,000).
Liam is a very engaging young man, who “lights up” a room. Though life continually tries to throw adversity his way, Liam preservers with a great outlook. Liam’s amazing attitude is best described by his friends’ summation: “Liam – Always with a smile”.