Past the halfway mark of the four-part series and there seems to be a special trend occurring – the Nerang BMX Club are a bunch of legends.
A common challenge for parents is having the ability to let your child run wild and free in a safe and comfortable environment, without having to be constantly looking over your shoulder.
This is the case with many families, but imagine having to do it when your child is allergic to everything?
Max Walter was born with a very serious condition, Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES), which results in an allergic reaction to almost all ingested foods, causing an inflammation of the small and large intestine.
The symptoms can include profuse vomiting and diarrhoea, as well as a reduced body temperature and blood pressure. The only way for Max, 3, to receive his daily intake of nutrients is for it to be fed through a tube.
Alongside FPIES, Max and his family also have to deal with an unknown condition, which results in him dropping to the ground unexpectedly and becoming unresponsive. This means that Max requires high amounts of adrenaline and to continually find something to keep him entertained.
“My daughter has been riding BMX for a while now,” Max’s mum, Alex explained.
“When Max is on the track, he is a different boy. He loves that whole up and down of BMX and loves getting that energy out.
“We have a lot of people who love and support Max. But we don’t have anyone to leave him with.
“The Nerang BMX Club is the only place we can let him be a three-year-old boy. Everyone there just supports him and when he is there, I’m not watching over my shoulder every five seconds.
“It’s been really important for both him and me to get some separation, allowing him to be a kid and me to be a normal mum.”
The health benefits on the track are extraordinary, but what is of even higher value for the Walter family is the unwavering trust they have for the Nerang members and the family feel, which gives Alex the confidence to let her son run free.
“The club has just been incredible, all the volunteer’s and other parents they just get it,” Alex continued.
“Never once have they questioned it, they know not to feed him, and it means we have a place we feel comfortable being in, letting him run free. If something happens, we know someone has got him.”
Friendships are the brickie’s mud that keeps the BMXA family wall together, and the Walters have a strong connection with three other families from the club. Whether their children are competing on the track or enjoying each other’s company after racing, the support and commitment to another is unwavering.
“We have three other families that have become amazing friends through BMX and we are there cheering each other’s kids around the track. It’s great to have a sport that is as family orientated as BMX,” Alex concluded.
If you enjoyed part three of our series, then you will definitely enjoy the final story coming on Monday.
If you would like to rewind on the series, you can find the past two editions below.
Meet the Bentley family – HERE
Meet the Payne family – HERE