Bryce Cranney gets ready for the Rainbow Run tomorrow to raise money for his health battle.
Bryce Cranney gets ready for the Rainbow Run tomorrow to raise money for his health battle.

Community runs to help Bryce

THE community of Lawrence has heartily rallied behind young Bryce Cranney who suffers from a saddening disease spina bifida.

The seven-year-old bush kid has already undergone several operations for his disease but will require a lot more in the near future.

In a show of solidarity with the young Clarence Valley son, several community members in the Valley including Lawrence publican Sally Hoy, have organised a family fun day at Lawrence Showground on Sunday.

Bryce's family has been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of support that has been shown for their young boy. His mother Tara McLennan has been personally awed by the support that the local community has not only shown Bryce but also her throughout his battle with spina bifida.

"There have been lots of people who have gotten this fundraiser off the ground," she said. "The community of Lawrence have just been so fantastic to our family and to Bryce.

"I think social media has been a massive help in fundraising, along with local people digging deep. Everyone has gotten on board with our efforts to give Bryce the life he deserves."

The McLennan family only recently visited a leading neurosurgeon in Sydney to receive word that Bryce would require further surgeries within the coming months.

"Time is not on our side here as the surgeon believes that Bryce will need more surgeries soon," Mrs McLennan said. "We are trying to raise as much money as we can to raise all the funds for his surgery and rehabilitation before he next has to have one.

"That is why we have organised this great fun day for everyone in the Clarence Valley to come out to Lawrence and support Bryce."

The major attraction for the event at Lawrence is a 'colour run' where participants run over a preferred distance - 10km, 5km or the family friendly 2.5km - and have powdered dyes thrown over them.

On offer at the fun day will also be jumping castles, a number of activities for the kids, and a wife carrying obstacle course which Tara and her husband Grafton Ghosts captain coach Ben McLennan are favourites to win.

"It is going to be a great day at Lawrence for everyone who comes and gets involved," Mrs McLennan said. "We are just so thankful to everyone who has helped raise the money for Bryce."