MAN OF STEEL: Riley Greaves, 9, of Lismore, will raise funds to fight muscular dystrophy.
MAN OF STEEL: Riley Greaves, 9, of Lismore, will raise funds to fight muscular dystrophy. Marc Stapelberg

Superhero Riley's saved one life, now he will save more

THE Greaves' boys leapt at the opportunity to don their special outfits for National Superhero Week in support of muscular dystrophy sufferers.

The Greaves family including Ethan, 5, Riley, 9, and parents Craig and Kathryn were encouraged to become part of National Superhero Week by the Northern Star, and were right behind the idea.

"There are so many negative things in the world getting attention, we are happy to support something positive that helps other people," Mrs Greaves said.

Getting dressed up as their favourite superheroes was certainly not a problem for their children who were looking forward to going to school in costume, she said.

Ethan Greaves, 5, of Lismore, will join the rest of Australia by dressing up as a super hero as part of National Superhero Week to raise funds to fight Muscular Dystrophy.
Ethan Greaves, 5, of Lismore, will join the rest of Australia by dressing up as a super hero as part of National Superhero Week to raise funds to fight Muscular Dystrophy. Marc Stapelberg

Last Christmas Riley was likened to a "real-life super-hero" after he came to the rescue of his younger brother who was struggling in deep water at a local swimming pool.

National Superhero Week (August 31 to September 4) is in its third year and will involve thousands of superheroes taking over workplaces and schools around the country.

There were more than 200 organisations registered to raise funds to fight the disease, Muscular Dystrophy Australia's executive director Boris Struk said.

Riley, 9, and Ethan, 5, Greaves, of Lismore, will join the rest of Australia by dressing up as a super hero as part of National Superhero Week to raise funds to fight Muscular Dystrophy.
Riley, 9, and Ethan, 5, Greaves, of Lismore, will join the rest of Australia by dressing up as a super hero as part of National Superhero Week to raise funds to fight Muscular Dystrophy. Marc Stapelberg

"Superhero Day is about empowering children with muscular dystrophy to unleash their inner superhero. We want to remind them that they possess extraordinary superpowers of inner strength and resilience."

Muscular dystrophy is a progressive muscle-wasting disorder with 60 different variations affecting one in 600 Australians.

Those with the disease are confined to a wheelchair during primary school years and have a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years.



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