Alwyn facing his greatest challenge

2015-09-17 06:00
Alwyn Uys in a cheerful moment at his latest fundraising initiative where they raised over R100?000 for the Alwyn Uys Foundation.         

Alwyn Uys in a cheerful moment at his latest fundraising initiative where they raised over R100?000 for the Alwyn Uys Foundation. Photo: ANNELI YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

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HE was an adventure-seeking and sport-loving young man until a fall left him paralysed and facing his greatest challenge yet – to walk again.

Thanks to grim determination and the unwavering support of friends and family, and even those unknown, that dream is now becoming a reality. Alwyn Uys will be leaving for Australia on September 25 where he will receive treatment from Ken Ware, the founder of NeuroPhysics Functional Movement Centre, which recently saw John Maclean - a paraplegic ironman athlete - walking after 25 year in a wheelchair.

“I long to get back on my feet to be able to walk on the beach or just to walk up a flight of steps. It is the little things in life that you miss the most once they are gone,” says Uys from Patensie who was left paralysed from the chest down after a car accident nine months ago.

“Doctors said that I would never walk again. However, I chose not to give up on my dream to walk again. Today, I can move my legs a little - something that was not even thought possible.”

The accident that changed his whole life, happened near Kirkwood on December 13 while he was on his way to visit a friend. “I took my eyes off the road for a second. The left front wheel veered of the road and I jerked the steering wheel to try and get back on the road. I lost control of the car and I swerved across the road. As soon as the car went off the road it flipped and I was tossed out on the passenger side,” says Uys. Due to two shoulder operations the previous day and his arm being in a sling, he was not wearing a safety belt.

“I woke up next to my car where someone found me shortly after the accident. I tried to get up, but my whole body was cold and I could not move my legs. That was when I knew I was very badly hurt. I had broken my back and cracked my neck,” says Uys.

“My life took a complete turnaround. Being an active person, it was my worst fear not being physically able to do what I love: exercise, sports and mountain hiking. I had to find myself and rediscover who I was. I had to learn to overcome this challenge. My faith has grown immeasurably and I do not think I would have been so close to God if this had not happened. I had two options: accept this new debilitating lifestyle or do all that I can to walk again. I chose the latter of course.”

In an effort to raise the necessary funds to go to Australia and receive the therapy, Uys established the Alwyn Uys Foundation.

What started as a foundation for one person, soon evolved into something much bigger. “There are thousands of people in a similar situation and who do not have the resources to attend this type of therapy, thus having almost no chance of ever walking again. Once on my feet, I would like to continue with the fundraising projects and bring this unique therapy to South Africa,” says Uys.

“We are also looking into the option of opening up a special area at a fitness centre in Jeffreys Bay to make this therapy more commercially available.

According to Uys, he truly has a passion to help others as he is fortunate enough to have the necessary resources at his disposal. “Once I am able to walk again, I will venture to get into more public speaking to motivate and inspire people. People need to see what is possible in life.”

For more information, visit the Alwyn Uys Foundation Facebook Page at

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