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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."

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