AIMING HIGH: Rodney Dalheimer at the 2015 Rodwalk Shooting Fundraiser.
AIMING HIGH: Rodney Dalheimer at the 2015 Rodwalk Shooting Fundraiser. Contributed

Shooting for stem cell treatment

ON YOUR marks, get set, shoot!

Next Saturday, October 8, Dalby's Gun Club will host a shotgun shoot to help raise money for Rodney Dalheimer to travel to the United States and undergo a second round of stem cell treatment.

Rod became paralysed from the waist down on February 24, 2013 following an accident at his home.

While trimming palm trees in the backyard at his Dalby residence, Rod fell from his 6m ladder and onto a brick retaining wall, instantly breaking his C9 and C10 vertebra.

The father-of-two spent five months in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where he undertook rehab and was later transferred home.

In February this year, Rod visited the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama, for the first round of treatment which cost him.

In February 2017, he will travel to Panama City again, for the second round of treatment at a cost of $26,000 US dollars.

"After the first round, my sister - she gives me a bit of remedial therapy massage - and she noticed my right thigh and lower back muscle has got a bit more muscle tone in it,” he said.

"I've got a good inch and a half of sensation there too so that's a good thing. I've heard of some people who have been there and got it all back, so I've got to be positive.

"I can't thank the community enough; I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for all of Dalby, and my friends and family. They've definitely been a godsend.”

Throughout the past three and a half years, Rod - with his friends and family - has been fundraising and saving money for special treatments.

After holding a very successful and popular shotgun shoot fundraiser last year, they decided to host another this year.

"We had a lot of people asking when we would have the next one, and it was a lot of fun so we decided to do it again,” Rod's sister-in-law Justine said.

"We're hoping to make it more of a family event so everybody can come along.”

Tickets for the shotgun shoot are $50 per person, with the morning session set to kick off at 8.30am and the afternoon session at 1pm.

The event will also be fully catered, with a bar and live music from 4pm onward and a jumping castle and face painting for the kids.

Bookings are essential and can by made by phoning Justine on 0413 272 722.


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