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Wheels without limits, for Jarrod.

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Raised by 130 people in 4 months
On the 7th July this year our lives changed forever. Yes, there were struggles on our farm with lack of water and feed but this was the event that will now shape us for the rest of our lives. 

Our youngest son Jarrod, had a car accident on the way to meet the bus to go to Orange to play Rugby. We praise God every day that he is alive however the accident has left him a paraplegic at just 17 years of age.

This gorgeous young man of ours is our sportsman; rugby, touch, netball, basketball - you name it he played it. He was also the farmhand, motorbike, ute or tractor driver, the paddocks were his. 

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His first remarks to Michael and I when we first saw him in the emergency ward at Royal North Shore Hospital was "don’t worry Mum and Dad, I’ll play wheelchair basketball, I’ll work harder at school and get a sit down job and I’ll drive again as soon as I can, nothing will stop me getting back on the tractor, we’ll make it work” This kids attitude and sense of humour, maturity and dedication to ‘make it work' have given us all the inspiration we have needed to get through the 9 days in ICU, the 6 weeks in the Spinal Ward at Royal North Shore Hospital and the two months at Royal Rehab leaning this new world and way of life. We’re on the downhill run now, we have our sights set on getting back home. 

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We’ve had the most amazing support from family, friends, the professionals and spinal injury families around us who have helped us all adjust so well. But now we need a little more help, just for Jarrod. 

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In this 3 and a half months since life changed Jarrod has played; wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair netball, wheelchair rugby and swimming. He’s already got his sights set on a sporting career playing wheelchair basketball and in January will have the opportunity to try out for the NSW Junior Wheelchair Basketball team with a view to playing in the State Finals in Townsville in April 2019, with hard work Jarrod’s goal is to eventually play for Australia at the Olympics with our amazing Rollers Wheelchair Basketball Team. 

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He has learnt to drive again, as all country folk know any sport our kids undertake involve hours on the road, even more so for Jarrod now. In a few months time he will even be learning to SCUBA Dive again. It’s been a long hard road and asking for help is never easy, however, we just want to help this amazing young man of ours achieve his goals in this new world of wheelchair sports. 

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After much discussion, and trying to convince Jarrod that he is certainly most worthy to receive some financial assistance, we’ve put together a fund with very limited fees, to help raise some financial assistance for him for sports chairs, equipment, travel, etc. 

It’s really hard to ask, we were determined not to, but is really becoming evident we have no choice. Could you spare the cost of a meal and a coffee and perhaps make a donation to help get this kid of ours the life he deserves?

Please share our plight & help us reach our goal, we look forward to sharing his journey with you all.

Thanks to all,
The Emeny Family.
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We'd love you to follow our journey and get to know Jarrod in the updates and video's below.

Tuesday 23rd October - Jarrod meeting some true hero's in every sense of the word at the Invitus games. This is Richard and David who are both playing in the Wheelchair Basket Ball event and Richard represented the UK in the recent world series in Germany.

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Part 1. The journey begins.


 Part 2. The Journey continues.

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Thank you to everyone for your kind and generous support. It's been 5 weeks since Jarrod and of course Carolyn came home after 4 months in hospital and in Royal Rehab after the accident.

Jarrod has learnt a lot and adapted well to the transition home, his amazing attitude and sense of humour helping him progress faster then anyone could of possibly have thought. As cheeky as ever, its not been a surprise to us we are already pushing him to get up on time, do some chores and some homework (he has already returned to school part time).

Thanks to everyones support the traveling for training has well and truly started with trips every weekend to attend training for wheelchair basketball, tennis and rehab. Last weekend Jarrod attended a SCIA Wheelchair sports camp and got to meet more of his peers and even one of his hero’s, Kurt Fearnley AO. We are looking forward to a couple of weeks break off traveling over Christmas to do further modifications to the house and farm including a concrete area for Jarrod to be able to train on, but will be back into it early January with the try outs for the NSW Junior Wheelchair Basketball Squad.

A special thanks to our school community at St Matts, who after some fund raising donated some funds to keep this kid moving towards his goals.

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After an intense and rewarding 8 weeks, yesterday Jarrod left Royal Rehab for good. Other then this milestone Saturday was like every other Saturday we have had since he was little, go to sport, or to other sport, feed him, make sure he drinks lots of water and make sure he puts sunscreen on!
The big difference between the past and the future other then the wheels is Jarrod will now need to participate in training and sport thats 3 to 4 hours away from home. Thanks to everyone who has so generously made donations this will now be more possible for us.
For the next week we will be spending some time at Sargood, the only purpose built resort facility in Australia for Spinal injuries. Its a small stepping stone to home which thanks to the amazing help from Mudgee's Jack of All Trades' Sheldon Gates is ready for Jarrod with house access and an amazing new bathroom.
So humbled by the support we have received, thanks everyone, Michael & Carolyn.

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Jarrod will be leaving rehab tomorrow, its been a long road and one thats given him so many opportunities to learn and grow in this impressive facility. Some of the equipment he has tried has been amazing, we particularly love the bike, great exercise and a little more freedom, I'm actually surprised we managed to keep him in the grounds today. Thanks everyone for your support. M
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Jarrod has had a fantastic day meeting some hero's at the Invictus Games in Sydney, these people are so inspirational.

Its days like these that make him more determined to reach his goals through hard work and drive, and with our support we can't see anything stopping this boy.

As usual Jarrod had an interviewer in stitches of laughter promising to get a tattoo saying "brought to you by iCare", I think he wanted a little more sponsorship or a few more freebies (Jarrod has a hat obsession).

Thanks everyone, Carolyn and I are overwhelmed by the love and support we are getting from you all.
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