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Powerful Potential

Everyone in the Rocky Bay family has a story to tell. Stories of resilience, perseverance, and the fight to prove the doubters wrong (including yourself). It is our privilege to share these stories with the world. They lay bare each individual’s journey of growth as they challenge old ideas and discover new ways to let their unique abilities shine through. As your partner in possibility, seeing the self-belief grow is what motivates us day in, day out. We hope you find these stories as inspiring as we do.

Malcolm

Brain Injury (Acquired)

No one understands more than Malcolm Burgess, long-term Rocky Bay resident and customer, the importance of spreading the message to the teenagers in our community that drinking and driving don’t mix.

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Alicia

Spinal Cord Injury

In 2012, Alicia Waterman underwent major spinal surgery for a previous condition which left her as a quadriplegic and living with a tracheostomy. Fast forward six years and Alicia has come further than anyone could have dreamed.

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Markus

Muscular Dystrophy

At the age of 12, Markus was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and, in time, had to give up playing sports. His passion and enthusiasm for sport never wavered, and recently Rocky Bay was able to help Markus find an alternative avenue to continue to follow his passion and help him transition from high school to the workplace.

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Sean

Autism/PDD Intellectual Disability

An avid aviation enthusiast, 27-year-old Sean, has been a customer of Rocky Bay since 2015, staying twice a week at the respite Guest House in Rockingham. Thanks to the Wishing Tree, Sean took the skies for his first ever helicopter ride.

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Chloe

Williams Syndrome

Nineteen year-old Chloe Hutchinson, who is supported by our Community Transition team, recently returned from an adventure voyage of a lifetime on the STS Leeuwin II that only a select few young people have the opportunity to experience.

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Shirley

Stroke

Shirley Howell, a 47-year-old mother of one, had her life turned upside down following a stroke in 2007 at the age of 35. Since joining Rocky Bay, Shirley had progressed through her post-stroke neurological rehabilitation extremely well and had achieved many of the goals she had set herself over the years.

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Ariana

Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

Rocky Bay customer Ariana Pila was left with very limited movement and cognitive ability in a severe vegetative comatose state, following a diagnosis of Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis in 2013 at the age of 16.

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Shaun

Amputations (Single/Multiple)

Shaun kicks goals in rehabilitation. In April 2015, Shaun Cole suffered a stroke which saw him spend more than six months in hospital.

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Maria

Down Syndrome

Family has played a significant part in Rocky Bay’s very cheeky and happy customer Maria Bassano’s life.

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Leah

Down Syndrome

Leah, a bubbly 21-year-old with Down Syndrome, had been searching for meaningful employment for some time, and even though she had extensive work experience.

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Nick + Tyler

Intellectual Disability

The Rocky Bay Wishing Tree made a dream come true for customers Nick and Tyler. Nick and Tyler embarked on a five-day high seas ocean voyage on a round trip from Fremantle.

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