Variety of Western Australia

Ask ten year old Nathan Garcia and he’ll tell you his heroes are his beloved Essendon Football Club players… but to those who know him, the real hero is Nathan himself.

Nathan was born with a life threatening congenital heart condition. For months, he battled for his life and miraculously survived. But he was then dealt another cruel blow when he was diagnosed with progressive infantile scoliosis, causing life threatening curvature of the spine.

Combined, these conditions affect Nathan’s heart function, ability to breathe, mobility and energy levels. That’s where Variety – the Children’s Charity of WA was proud to help by granting Nathan a new electric scooter.

The scooter has already given Nathan independence, a new found confidence and sense of adventure. Family outings are more frequent for the Garcia family and Nathan is able to participate in more activities with his two younger siblings.

“Variety has given Nathan his independence which translates into happiness,” said Nathan’s mother, Monique.

“And it’s not just Nathan – our whole family has benefitted from this gift, because we all now get to do things that were once restricted because of a lack of mobility,” she said.

Nathan’s story has inspired many, including his adopted team mates at the Bombers. On ANZAC day, the young supporter stood in the middle of the MCG to officially toss the coin – a moment that touched the hearts of those watching and that Nathan will never forget.

“Variety WA has given Nathan and our family quality of life. That is a gift I could neither afford for my son, nor can I ever repay to Variety,” Monique said.

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