A 98-YEAR-OLD army veteran and former royal engineer who was left paralyzed after a brain injury will take part in a long-distance run.
Len Gibbon, a 98-year-old Normandy Landings World War II veteran, and Steve Boylan, a 46-year-old former Royal Engineer, will take part in the Worthing 10k today (9 October) to raise money for Care For Veterans.
Mr. Boylan served as a warrant officer for over twenty years.
At the age of 39, he was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered a severe brain injury, partial paralysis and difficulty speaking.
It has now been four years since his arrival at Care for Veterans in which Mr. Boylan has made “amazing” improvements that allow him an improved quality of life.
Through the use of speech and language therapy and attending regular physical therapy and occupational therapy sessions with the team, Mr. Boylan has developed his communication and mobility skills.
“It’s going great,” he said.
“Every day is a gift… one day my goal is to be able to walk again. Being here makes that goal possible.”
Mr. Gibbon came to Care for Veterans in 2019 after a number of falls which resulted in him needing extra help on a daily basis.
Care for Veterans physical therapists worked with Mr. Gibbon on his ankle strength, overall endurance and balance.
He can now walk around safely with a walker and with supervision.
The couple has already raised over £800and are “very excited” looking forward to the big day on Sunday.
They will be pushed in their wheelchairs at the event, which is expected to be attended by 1,500 people.
Your chairs are ready to race, and the Care For Veterans team has rain gear and blankets ready for inclement weather.
Since 1919, Care for Veterans has provided long-term care, respite, and award-winning end-of-life care to disabled ex-service workers.
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