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 In a world filled with unexpected twists, meet Alfie — a five-year-old boy who's showing us all the power of a positive spirit and who’s story began when he was just a toddler. 

When Alfie was just 3 years old, doctors discovered a brain tumour affecting Alfie's optic nerves, leading to a big surgery and a diagnosis of optic atrophy, blurring his vision and limiting his left eye's movement. It was a scary time for his mum, Cherish who explains

“I was devastated in the beginning, and very scared for what the future would bring.” 

But Alfie's boundless happiness and perseverance is like a beacon of hope for Cherish, and she knows they can tackle anything together. 

Alfie is an energetic, go-getter. He loves superheroes and dreams of becoming a police officer to catch ‘the bad guys’. When he's not fighting crime in his imagination, he's having fun playing games with his little sister, Charlie. 

Through Vision Australia, Alfie receives Orientation and Mobility (O&M) support and training from specialist Michael, and also sees Sharon, an Early Childhood Specialist. Working with Vision Australia has boosted his confidence and Michael has worked closely with his school to help him thrive, and ensure that no obstacles get in the way of his development.   

Cherish speaks highly of the not for profit and is so grateful for their ongoing support. Her number one priority is for Alfie to maintain his independence and stay positive

"I just want him to be able to do whatever he wants to do. As long as he's confident and happy, then I'm happy." 

Christmas is a special time for Alfie’s family, filled with presents and quality time together. Their story is a simple reminder of resilience, family bonds, and the power of positivity. No matter the challenges, a smile and support can light up the path to a brighter future.  

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