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Richard Hook

Richard Hook is crowdfunding

raised of £16,000 target by 187 supporters

Weʼre raising £16,000 to fund treatment for our daughter

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Our daughter Mara has been diagnosed with a very rare neurological gene mutation GABBR2. This devastating condition specifically affects her speech, communication and use of hands. Furthermore, she suffers from a wide range of global development delays and autistic behaviours.

She is a very determined little girl and gets frustrated that her body doesn't respond how she would like. She is happy and a real joy.

In an attempt to improve some of her autistic traits we decided to try Stem Cell treatment in Panama at the Stem Cell Institute. This is the leading clinic treating and researching stem cells, as a way of improving the lives of children with autism. Since returning in July we have seen some amazing improvements in her cognitive ability, physical strength and most startlingly her eye sight. She has for the first time in her life been able to fix and follow, to look people in the eye and really focus on objects . This improvement happened within a few weeks and has steadily improved over the last few months.

After seeing these great gains we believe another round of stem cells could improve her life even more. We have spoken to many people at the clinic but also other parents who believe the stem cell treatment can be performed many times. The gains are permanent and life changing. We owe it to Mara to try everything in our power to improve her life.

The issue being we have to travel to Panama for the treatment and the treatment itself isn't cheap. The money we are raising is only for Mara's costs and expenses.

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  • Richard Hook18 days ago
    Richard Hook

    Richard Hook

    18 days ago

    All we can say is wow and thank you so much we have reached 32% of our total since starting this campaign on Sunday - that's 4 days!! - we will be fundraising all the way until July. If all goes to plan we are hoping for Mara to receive the treatment in August. xxx

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  • David & Heidi Meakin

    David & Heidi Meakin

    Feb 24, 2024

    Wishing you all the very best for Mara’s treatment. xxx


  • Mrs Dimmock - STFS

    Mrs Dimmock - STFS

    Feb 23, 2024


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  • Kerrie-Ann & Simon

    Kerrie-Ann & Simon

    Feb 22, 2024

    Sending love and thoughts to your family


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    Feb 22, 2024

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    Feb 22, 2024


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