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Melissa and Jonathon Good of Fort Augustus are excited at the prospect of purchasing a custom-made wheelchair for their severely disabled son Brady with proceeds from the Delmar Memorial Benefit golf tournament at Glen Afton Golf Course later this month.
Brady Good beams at the beach.
“He’s in heaven,’’ Melissa Good says of her son.
“He loves the water and he loves the sand and he just loves lounging.’’
While this past summer had plenty of sunny, hot days ideal for a day at the beach, 16-year-old Brady of Fort Augustus did not have the pleasure of a single outing.
Getting the severely disabled teenager to the beach has become too great a challenge for his parents, Melissa and Jonathon Good.
A special, custom-made wheelchair, however, would provide the mobility to get Brady across sand and rough terrain in general.
That purchase is beyond the couple’s means.
They are banking, however, on the Delmar Memorial Benefit golf tournament later this month coming to their financial aid.
The annual charity tournament, held at Glen Afton Golf Course, raises money for people in a tight spot usually dealing with a sizable health challenge.
Brady’s challenge is indeed large.
Born at 27 weeks weighing less than two pounds, the teen today is heavily limited in mobility by Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.
His speech is nearly non-existent.
“He does have single words and you can understand him to some extent,’’ says Melissa.
The couple frequently takes their son to the Stan Cassidy Centre of Rehabilitation in Fredericton to address a host of health areas including speech development, dietary needs and physiotherapy.
The couple cannot access such services for their son on P.E.I. The cost of each trip comes out of their pocket and runs about $300 a pop.
Proceeds from this year’s Delmar Memorial Benefit golf tournament will help ease the family’s financial burden.
“We are overwhelmed,’’ Melissa says of her family’s good fortune in having a fundraising tournament held in their benefit.
“Brady really misses a lot of those things because he is bigger now and we can’t hold him safely on things anymore. It’s difficult to find things we can all take part in or something just for him to do,’’ Melissa Good, mother of Brady Good
“We are so incredibly overwhelmed.’’
The money, she assures, will be well spent.
As mentioned, the purchase of a special wheelchair at $5,000 to $7,000 will top the list of expenditures financed by tournament proceeds.
The dream list, as Jonathon calls it, also includes buying some communication devices for Brady, the proud older brother of 10-year-old twin sisters Harley and Rylie.
Also, some fun items would be nice as well.
“He’s quite limited on the amount of fun activities that he gets to have,’’ says Jonathon.
“We are really looking forward to kind of thinking outside the box on a few things that we can come up with.’’
When Brady was younger and smaller, his parents were able to support him on rides and waterslides. Jonathon even made a side chair for the lawnmower so he could take his boy along for the ride.
“We have modified many things over the years so he could do them,’’ says Melissa.
“Brady really misses a lot of those things because he is bigger now and we can’t hold him safely on things anymore. It’s difficult to find things we can all take part in or something just for him to do.’’
The Delmar Memorial Benefit golf tournament, a two-person team event, takes place Sunday, Sept. 22 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Cost is $120 for a two-person non-member team and $90 for a member team.
Please contact the golf course at (902) 675-3000 to register.