Giving Telethon a good rev
KAIDE Stratton is often told by his mum that good things come in small packages.
Measuring just over 1m, 10-year-old Kaide has Morquio A — a rare disease that deprives him of an important enzyme that breaks down materials in his body.
The genetic condition is so rare that he shares it with just 20 other Australians.
With the help of an enzyme replacement therapy, Kaide is able to slow down the debilitating effects of the disease that can wreak havoc on his organs and stunt his growth.
It even makes the simple act of walking a daily struggle, but Kaide’s love of speed helps him keep up with his friends and family.
“I’m a bit of a rev head, anything that’s fast,” Kaide said.
“I love to go on the quad bikes and jet skis with my brother and sister.
“I’m going to do everything in my power to do everything I want. I won’t let this disease stop me and when I grow older I’d like to be an engineer.”
As one of this year’s Little Telethon Stars, Kaide was treated to a close look of Barbagallo’s sports cars ahead of Telethon on October 20 and 21.
Helping Kaide prepare for the Telethon weekend are his mum Adele, dad Darren, sister Lexie, eight, and brother Caius, 12.
“I’m looking forward to Telethon, being on TV and letting people know how important it is to donate money to help kids who really need it,” Kaide said.
Mrs Stratton said it had been a “rollercoaster” ride for Kaide and the family since he was diagnosed when he was four years old.
“Being chosen as a Little Telethon Star, Kaide sees himself as a bit of a role model to show what kids like him go through every day in dealing with their conditions,” Mrs Stratton said.
“He wants to show people it’s OK not to be the healthiest person in the world but tackle things head on.”
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Need for speed: Kaide Stratton with a Lamborghini Huracan Performante at Barbagallo Motors in Osborne Park.