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Welcome to RUN RIO RUN!

Watch this space for 2013/14 updates on the Gallery and Media pages coming soon - for the most recent news and photos, please follow Rio on Facebook and Twitter!

Rio is a fun-loving 5 year old with a passion for the Paralympics! He was born with a very rare bone deficiency in his lower right leg (Tibial Aplasia), so he was missing the tibia, knee and ankle joint. We were told when Rio was 5 days old that he would need a through-knee amputation at 10-12 months.

We have set up this website as part of our fundraising campaign to provide Rio's future prosthetic legs as he grows, so that he can continue to run, hop, skip, jump and dance with his friends, and for his fans around the world to follow his progress and adventures in pursuit of his Paralympic dreams - roll on 2024!

If you would like to be part of the London 2012 Legacy and inspire a generation, you can donate to our "RUN RIO RUN" appeal and help Rio to keep that new spring in his step so that he can run like the wind!

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Media Coverage

Rio's story has been covered extensively in the media. To read all about it CLICK HERE.




Our Aim

To raise money to provide lightweight/high tech prosthetic legs for Rio as he grows, and to raise awareness of the increasing opportunities for young amputees to enjoy sport and leisure through our favourite charities and organisations (see Sponsors and Links) - the sky is the limit and the world is their oyster!

Keeping up with Rio

Rio had the most amazing 2013 with so many fantastic adventures both at home in the UK at some great para-sport events where he met his Paralympic heroes - Alan Fonteles Oliveira, Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Richard Whitehead - and also abroad in Brazil where he was invited as a special guest of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee to the School Paralympics in Sao Paulo, to visit a rehabilitation centre and to spend time with Alan, and then Rio went to Rio to meet the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to talk about how London 2012 inspired him, to visit a school who hosted a mini-Paralympic Games in his honour, and a hospital where he was introduced on stage at the children's Christmas Party, as well as touring the beautiful sights of the city he was named after and where his parents honeymooned!

The grand finale of 2013 was a visit to 10 Downing Street where Rio was a special guest at a reception hosted by Samantha Cameron in support of the charity Demand, who have designed and manufactured wonderful equipment for Rio.

2014 has got off to a very exciting start with Rio being given his new running blade - the Ossur Junior Cheetah Xplore from Dorset Orthopaedic, custom-designed with the characters from his favourite movie "Rio" - he is the first child in the UK to receive this "Jonnie Peacock Special" blade with a lifelike silicone foot, so now he can wear a pair of shoes with his blade for the first time!

2014 is going to be another fun-filled, action-packed year for our young aspiring Paralympian with the first event being WheelPower's Primary Sports Camp at Stoke Mandeville on 22nd March!

Watch this space for 2013/14 updates on the Gallery and Media pages coming soon. For the most recent news and photos, follow Rio on Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you for your support for Rio!"




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