News

Kayden would love to see his ‘Droncos’ play

Kayden Kolm rides a horse provided by Bundaberg Riding for the Disabled. Photo: contributed
Kayden Kolm rides a horse provided by Bundaberg Riding for the Disabled. Photo: contributed contributed

KAYDEN Kolm has never been to the footy.

When the five-year-old heard his beloved Broncos were hitting Bundy in February for a trial game against the North Queensland Cowboys, he saw his chance.

"As soon as we found out about it he said 'Mum. They're in Bundy, can we go?'." Kayden's mother Tracey Lawson says.

"I said, 'We'll definitely try our hardest'."

But the tickets sold like hotcakes, and with only a few standing tickets left, Kayden could miss out.

When Kayden was 10 months old, he had three strokes in the space of six weeks.

"They don't know what caused them," Ms Lawson said.

"We just noticed the loss of movement in his left side and they flew him down to Brisbane from Hervey Bay on the RFDS and they could see the scars on his brain where the major bleed had been. He's been getting better ever since."

Doctors said he wouldn't walk until he was four or five, "but he walked when everybody else does," Ms Lawson said.

"He's just graduated normal Prep."

Kayden has very limited use of his left side, wears a special boot to support his left leg due to a lack of muscle, and his left arm is tightly curved. Botox treatment has proved ineffective and next year he will begin muscle relaxant medication to heal his arm.

"You can see his little smile and a little bit of his face (is lopsided)," his mum said.

A standing ticket at the footy is not an option for Kayden.

"He hasn't ever said it's painful but when you see him walking without the boot on, you'd think his leg was broken," Ms Lawson said. "He's a trooper, absolutely."

While the rest of his family go for Sydney teams - his mum goes for Parramatta, his father goes for Manly - Kayden has always loved the Broncos.

"He's loved them since he was little and he didn't even know how to say the Broncos, he called them the Droncos. We used to agree," his mum laughs.

"His favourite players are Carmichael Hunt, Anthony Milford and Sam Thaiday."

Kayden turns six on February 18, 12 days after the game at Salter Oval.

"I wanted to get him tickets for Christmas or his birthday, but then when the tickets came out I didn't have any money," Ms Lawson explains. "Then straight away car registration and getting him to Sydney (to visit his dad for Christmas), I just couldn't afford it.

"He's never been to the footy, ever - because that would mean going down to Brisbane. I'm a single mum and he doesn't get any benefits from Centrelink because he doesn't require more than 14 hours of care a week. They gave him a healthcare card but that's it."

Ms Lawson is studying her Certificate III in hospitality while looking after Kayden and his 16-year-old sister Caitlin. Kayden attends physio and hydrotherapy sessions once a week as well as tae kwon do. Last year he enjoyed horse riding with Bundaberg Riding For The Disabled.

"He's definitely a character - he'll give anything a go," Ms Lawson said. "He loves dressing up, he loves singing and dancing - he loves the Whip It/Nae Nae song at the moment, and he loves Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles... and he wants to be The Hulk."

When Ms Lawson saw the NewsMail's competition for a $1000 gift card, she entered with Kayden in mind.

"I don't know what we can do, but that would be really awesome if he could go. Anything for my baby boy."

Topics:  broncos, bundabeg




Two arrested over Mundubbera stabbing

Gary Ryan died on Tuesday after being stabbed multiple times. Police have launched a homicide investigation.

Two men extradited to Queensland.

Medical emergency on flight to Bundaberg

QANTAS

Paramedics called after mid-flight emergency

Newsagency owners take on a new outlook

FACES OF BUNDY: Michael and Lyn Bowles from McCrackens Newsagency.

Changes are coming for local newsagency

Latest deals and offers

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa