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Help with accessibility on the way for Headingley teen

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teeth will soon become easier for Dylan Burton, thanks to a donation being made through the Headingley Fire Department’s Run for Wishes.

The 13-year-old Headingley boy has cerebral palsy and has used a wheelchair since age four, said his mother, Jackie Cairns.

While Cairns and Dylan’s father, Jared Burton, were able to physically lift Dylan and help him with bathing and other hygiene needs, it’s becoming harder to do so as Dylan grows. "He needs his privacy too," Cairns said.

She and Jared hope to have a bathroom renovated to accommodate a roll-in shower, wheelchair-accessible sink and wider doorway.

Run for Wishes organizer Glenn Reimer said the donation amount is yet to be
determined, but some of the approximately $16,000 raised through this year’s event will be given to Dylan’s family.

In previous years, the family received financial support to purchase a specialized walker and to make their home wheelchair-accessible.

But, in turn, the Burtons and Cairns have helped raise money for the annual Run for Wishes by getting sponsors.

"We go on the walk every year," Cairns said. They were joined by about 60 relatives and friends on May 24, with three sponsors donating a total of $1,000.

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