Cullman high school senior to kick off marathon

Dylan Page (WBRC photo)
Dylan Page (WBRC photo)

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - A Cullman High School senior is about to graduate this spring with his diploma and a chance to fire the starter's gun for the 5KBR race coming up Valentine's Day weekend.

17-year old Dylan Page is just months away from graduating from Cullman High, but he's already made an even bigger transition, from his wheelchair to a walker, despite being born with cerebral palsy and scoliosis.

"I just followed my grandmother's advice and just worked on it till I'm like this," Dylan said. "She told me keep working on it. You'll be getting out of a wheelchair sooner or later."

"There's always the TV they'd rather watch then workout," said Dean Jones, Dylan's 77-year old great-grandmother and primary caregiver. "So you've got to deal with that, and not overdo it, because then they really begin to hate it. So you do the best you can and play it by ear a day at a time."

Page has been the driving force behind his progress, but she couldn't do the driving from Cullman to Birmingham for the 5 doctors Dylan sees. That's where kid one transport stepped in for the last 11 years.

"Kid One has just been fabulous, fantastic," Jones said. "Because, I don't, in all honestly, I don't know how we would've done this. And you can see he's pretty much the picture of health."

"It just helps me get from doctor to doctor, dentist," Dylan said. "I'm just glad they're here."

With the economy down, the demand from patients like Dylan for Kid One's services is up. Kid One was able to help 10% more patients last year than the year before. But the number of patients they couldn't help jumped 60%. That makes every fundraising dollar crucial these days."

The 5KBR is one of their biggest fundraisers, and this year Dylan will fire the starter's pistol to help bring in more funds to help other patients copy his success.

"I just have an exciting time doing these kind of things, I was looking forward to it. I'm raring to go," Dylan said.