Kyle was 1 year old when he fell into the swimming pool at my Moms house. In fact it was on his 1st birthday. Rob and I were in the States on a business trip and got the call in the early hours of the morning from my sister. They did not think he would make it and gave him24 hrs to live.
When we got to the hospital the doctors told us that Kyle would be blind, deaf and a “vegetable ” and urged us to put him in a home which we refused to do.
After many long years of learning to sit, crawl walk and eat again and many therapy sessions every week, Kyle is now a 22 year old man who has sight and hearing, is somewhat mobile and who can feed shower and dress himself. He also has a wild sense of humour and many interests. He’s become a very good painter and loves his art. Kyle makes everyone around him smile and he makes friends with people from all works of life!
Hi my name is Gary Baynham and this is my story about why I wanted to be part of the TNT team (Trojans Neurological Trust)
My whole life I’ve been a very ‘’out-doorsie’’ and sporty person taking on every challenge that I put my mind to. One day I met a very special friend called Caitlin Tracey who is the director of the charity, we have done many races together and concord many challenges.
Last year I took up the challenge of completing the comrades which I did and was very chuffed about and thought cool this is me done for the year, then Caitlin told me about her charity and what they all about and how they help people through the their struggles in life, some who were just as busy as myself and then a accident accord and it kind of stopped them in their tracks with carrying on at that moment. That for me was a big eye opener at what could actually happened and it does happen so in my mind I was like I need to run and cycle and do as much as possible for the people who can’t.
Last year in 2016 I volunteered to pull a chariot with my partner in crime Kyle Nelson, a man who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, so at 947 cycle challenge off we went 94kms of pulling a chariot with the TNT Charity and let me tell you something, that was one of the most soul fulfilling tasks and accomplishments I have ever done in my life! I had so much fun pulling Kyle he was having a blast and made me smile all the way essentially when we were going down those massive down hills hitting speeds of 60km and Kyle was just putting his hands up like he was on a roller coaster having a blast and screaming with enjoyment I hope it was enjoyment haha.
The crowd really urged us on and made the day and cause feels even more worthwhile, it was such an amazing experience I just can’t even explain the feeling I had when we all crossed that finish line as a team! This year I will be helping Cait with her chariot that she will be pulling, I’m going to be a pusher and give someone else the feeling I experienced last year it is truly special.
Thanks for reading my story and I hope it’ll get many more people on board for this amazing cause.
Left: Gary Baynham
Right: Kyle Nelson (In the chariot)