MAYFIELD mother of three Bianca Dance said a weight was lifted off her shoulders yesterday - and a smile from her three-year-old son Brody Westergreen was just the icing on the cake.
Ms Dance spent the past three months organising a family fun day, which was held at the Rocherlea Football Ground yesterday.
Money raised at the event will help buy Brody, who has type two spinal muscular atrophy, an electric wheelchair.
Brody's debilitating disease is slowly robbing him of his ability to move his arms and legs, and will one day take his life.
More than $20,000 had already been raised for the wheelchair, and Ms Dance was hoping an extra $10,000 would be raised at the fun day.
"Brody's independence is very important to us and to Brody - having an electric wheelchair would mean he could go where he wants and do things on his own," Ms Dance said.
"We are a young family and just can't afford these extras, and we are extremely grateful for people's generosity over the past few months."
Face painting, pony rides and play-doh were the favourite activities on offer for children at the event, while the adults enjoyed an auction, raffles and a barbecue.
Ms Dance said that Brody's new wheelchair would last him for the rest of his life.
"It is one that we can adjust to suit his size and shape as he gets older - it will allow him to go right to the ground and up really high," she said.
"It is hard to think that he won't be around long, but that is why we want to make his life as good as possible."