17-year old Madeley teenager Tayla Taseff does not let Cerebral Palsy stop her from achieving her life goals. A keen swimmer, horse rider and former Telethon child, Tayla is about to start training for her first marathon with her dad Mr. Steve Taseff, all made possible by the newest addition to the Taseff family, the ‘Purple Peanut’.

 Thanks to generous contributors in 2016, WA children’s charity ToyBox International have proudly funded Purple Peanut – a custom-made, purple racing chair, specially customised by the team at Dreamfit in conjunction with the expertise of the technicians from the Ability Centre in Coolbinia, Perth. 

 Mr. Taseff had recently completed his first marathon and Tayla being not one to miss out, decided that she would like to join him on his next long-distance venture, thus began the search for Tayla’s own racing chair.

 Tayla’s wish became a reality when after an extensive online search, Tayla’s mum, Mrs. Geraldine Taseff, came across the Purple Peanut and immediately knew it was the perfect gift for Tayla, particularly as purple is Tayla’s favourite colour. 

 “Purple Peanut is such a cool racing chair and I cannot wait to take it out, start training and get involved in more community events, which I don’t normally get the chance to do,” said Tayla.

“I like to think that Purple Peanut is like peanut butter – I get to spread the purple flavoured joy around the community, plus I get to share the experience with my dad.”

 Tayla and Mr. Taseff are currently training with Purple Peanut and aim to be race-day ready for the HBF 3 Waters Marathon in Bunbury on April 9th 2017.

 Mrs. Taseff said that Tayla has always loved taking part in fun runs in her standard wheelchair and is ecstatic that she now has the chance to be involved in her first marathon with her dad.

Worth $7,500, Purple Peanut is a lightweight aluminium framed Axiom Racer, galaxy purple in colour, and designed to Tayla’s own specifications in order to suit her height and leg length. Purple Peanut would not have been possible without the generous contributors to ToyBox International and the Dreamfit team at Ability Centre.

Troy Barbagallo