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Help Kai Walk Appeal gains charity backing Media Enquiries: 01782 600867 or email rebecca.oconnor@caudwellchildren.com

A fundraising appeal to get a 3-year-old from Fleetwood life-changing Cerebral Palsy treatment in America received a boost this week when it was announced that national charity, Caudwell Children, had come on board to support their fundraising. Like most boys his age Kai has a dream, but unlike other boys Kai’s dream is to be able to run around and play with his brothers and sisters. To most 3-yearolds this would be achievable but Kai’s short life has been blighted by the painful effects of Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, which causes tightness and pains in his legs leaving him unable to walk unaided.

Kai and his mum Caron

But, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Kai as a treatment called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), which involves cutting some of the sensory nerve fibres that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord, is available. This procedure combined with intensive post-operative physiotherapy will allow Kai to take the first steps he has dreamed of. Kai will undergo the operation at St Louis Hospital, Missouri and so the family are now on a mission to raise the £58,000 needed for the treatment and Caudwell Children have joined the campaign to help and support them. Kai’s mum Caron said: “We desperately need to raise this money so that Kai can gain the independence that he craves. As a mother I would love to be able to see all my children running and playing outside together, but without this operation this may never happen.” “We know that raising £58,000 is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication but, like any parents we will do whatever we can to help our son and really hope that people will support us in raising the funds needed to allow him to have the life he dreams of.” “Having the support of Caudwell Children takes a weight off my mind as they will manage the money and organise everything on my behalf when the time comes for Kai to go to America.” Helping Kai’s family raise the money for the operation are national charity, Caudwell Children, who support families caring for sick and disabled children. Caudwell Children CEO, Trudi Beswick, commented: “Over the last two years we have helped over 20 families fundraising to get this truly life-changing treatment for their children. We really believe in the difference the SDR treatment can make to a child’s life and want to help in any way we can to get Kai over to St Louis.” With over 12 years experience in fundraising, the Charity hope to support Kai’s family by helping with marketing events and using their contacts to approach local Foundations.

Anyone interested in supporting the Help Kai Walk Appeal is asked to contact Caudwell Children on 01782 600867 or to donate online visit www.justgiving.com/helpkaiwalk

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