News

Nathan’s hopes to get back up

Nathan Handley has packed his bags and will travel to San Diego in California next month where he will spend nearly six months at the Project Walk program. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter
Nathan Handley has packed his bags and will travel to San Diego in California next month where he will spend nearly six months at the Project Walk program. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter Inga Williams

THE dream of walking on his own unaided is one step closer for Rochedale South paraplegic Nathan Handley thanks to the generosity of others.

For the past four months, the 21-year-old has been fundraising to help cover the $30,000 fee to attend an intense physical walking therapy program in America.

Now, Mr Handley is pleased to announce he will pack his bags and travel to San Diego in California next month where he will spend nearly six months at the Project Walk program, retraining his nervous system which he damaged in a bike accident when he was 17.

"Project Walk has a waiting list but I have managed to get in to the program, starting on Monday, February 4," he said.

"I am excited about maximising my opportunity for recovery at Project Walk and can't wait to walk off the plane when I get back to Australia."

Mr Handley said in addition to the help he received from the Logan community, he also had help from the other side of the world.

"Last year I met a really nice family in America," he said.

"They were total strangers in June but have become great friends since.

"They already knew about Project Walk and were convinced of the benefits I got from participating.

"They desperately wanted to help raise funds for me so they decorated their house for Christmas and opened it up to the public.

"People were so amazingly generous and caring when they heard about my goal to walk again."

His American family managed to raise nearly $10,000 for his trip.

Mr Handley will take part in the program for five-and-a-half months, which is the maximum he can stay on a medical visa.

Mr Handley is still short of the funds needed to accompany him to America.

If you are able to help him, search for The Nathan Handley appeal on Facebook.

Topics:  paraplegic


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Woman, 17, allegedly set on fire by another 17-year-old

Queensland Police Service badge on uniform, Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle

Teen male charged with grievous bodily harm

Tiny superheroes at school

The students at Loganholme State School took part in Walk to School Safely Day and then celebrated Under 8's Day dressing up as their favourite superhero.Photo Contributed

Loganholme kids celebrate Under 8's Week.

Do you know this man?

Police believe this man may be able to assist with the investigation into an assault in a Meadowbrook park.

Man assaulted at Meadowbrook

Latest deals and offers

New focus for charity

Mayor says fundraising will be taken to the next level.

Tiny superheroes at school

The students at Loganholme State School took part in Walk to School Safely Day and then celebrated Under 8's Day dressing up as their favourite superhero.Photo Contributed

Loganholme kids celebrate Under 8's Week.

Do you know this man?

Police believe this man may be able to assist with the investigation into an assault in a Meadowbrook park.

Man assaulted at Meadowbrook

Logan’s incredible shrinking woman

Mariah Tonkin has lost almost 60kg.

Down more than 60kg through healthy lifestyle.

Browns Plains fraud

At about 8pm on 5-Apr-2016 a male and female attended a Browns Plains shopping centre where it is alleged they fraudulently purchased a number of items from one of the stores within.Police believe the persons pictured may be able to assist with their investigation.Reference: QP1600599561 refers.Photo Contributed

Do you recognise these people?

Urgent action is needed

ACT NOW: Springwood MP Mick de Brenni said a new koala report should be ringing alarm bells.

Time to act for koalas.

The best retro movies of the week? May 27 - June 3

Gregory Peck Photo Contributed

This week TV fan get to see Tom Cruise in a 1980s classics

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked