KPS Staff at the Melbourne Marathon

Posted on Tuesday 16, September 2014

Staff members at Kew Primary School are taking up the challenge of completing an event at the 2014 Melbourne Marathon Festival. Staff have entered at every distance including the 3km, 5km, 10km, Half-Marathon and Marathon.

You can support our team by making a donation to Tom Roach, one of our Prep students.

TomRoach.jpgTom’s Story

Tom is a statistical miracle. He had ruptured membranes at 17 weeks and continued to 29 weeks where he entered the world in a hurry. Tom was born at 953 grams and was a mere 33cm long. He spent 290 days in NICU at the Royal Women’s Hospital and still holds the crown for longest stay patient. Tom is an amazing little boy. He came home on full time oxygen and with a feeding tube. At age 2 we took him to Graz to get rid of his feeding tube and by age 3 he was totally tube free (feeding and oxygen). Tom was diagnosed at 2 as having Cerebral Palsy. His never give up attitude saw him take his first steps 4 days before his 5th birthday. He has gone from being a totally non verbal child to one that at times we’d love to say, ‘Hey, be quiet!’. Tom attends NAPA clinics 3 to 4 times a year which cost in excess of $10, 000 on top of his weekly speech and fortnightly Physio and OT sessions. We believe if we put in the hard yards now, Tom has a good chance at independence later in life. Tom is awesome and we are proud to be part of Team Tom.