18 July 2017
The Today Show aired Todd and Kat’s story
‘I never thought I’d find somebody like her’: How gaining independence led a young man to love
Like many, Brisbane couple Todd Winther and Kat Lambert’s love story began online. She was drawn to his “punny charm” when the pair began chatting through email two and a half years ago.
Today, now engaged to be married, they are taking nothing for granted. “I never thought I would find somebody like her,” Mr Winther told TODAY show host Sylvia Jeffreys.
Born with cerebral palsy, Mr Winther has used a wheelchair for most of his life, which has been defined by a lack of choice. By 28, he was facing a future in aged care, until he was offered an apartment in a Youngcare complex at Sinnamon Park in Brisbane.
“Living in this complex is like winning the lottery. It gave me the ability to get out and about and contribute to my community, not just be at home,” he said.
The 28-year-old also works for the charity that is dedicated to finding and building homes for young people with high-care needs outside of aged care. “Through meeting Todd, I have seen firsthand the difference that Youngcare has made to his life, and in turn to mine,” Ms Lambert said.
“If it wasn’t for Youngcare, I don’t think we’d be together.”
Earlier this year, Ms Lambert moved into Mr Winther’s apartment, and the proposal came soon after.
“Kat was the one who proposed. I was going to,” he said.
“He took too long!” she interjected.
Looking ahead, the couple are thinking about children and the prospect of fulfilling Mr Winther’s dreams of an AFL career.
“I’ll be the Dad yelling on the sidelines!” he said.
“At least I hope I will have a similar job at Youngcare and be able to change people’s lives – not only those with disabilities but also their families as well.”
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