Weʼre raising £100,000 to help fund special equipment/genetic testing and/or clinical trials for Mikeys eye condition of 'Rod Cone Dystrophy'
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Mikey was born in 2010 a perfectly healthy baby with no problems at all. When Mikey turned 6yrs old we took him for a random eye test where the optician noticed something not quite right with the retina which sits at the back of his eyes. A few months later he was diagnosed with a rare eye disease called 'rod cone dystrophy' or 'retinitis pigmentosa', and the doctors told us he would eventually go blind. They could not confirm how long it would take but mentioned could potentially take decades. Mikey was fully sighted at this point.
Mikey lost his vision completely within 18 months by the time he was just over 7yrs old.
Mikey always loved playing and watching football, and especially attending the Emirates to watch Arsenal. He loved football so much he always dreamt of being a footballer and refused to give up on his dream. As devastating and difficult as it was, he persevered with football despite his vision loss and practised every day, adapting his style of play and homing in on his other senses. Soon after losing his vision at 7yrs old he was scouted to train for the England National Football team, the youngest ever blind person to be scouted to play for England.
Our aim in life is for football to cure Mikeys blindness, and other peoples around the world.
Mikeys motto is "Impossible Is Nothing" and "Never Give Up". We must believe there will be a cure one day. Check out Mikeys social media accounts (Instagram/twitter/tiktok/facebook/youtube) to be amazed and inspired!
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- 1 year ago
John Poulli1 year ago
Thanks all for your donations 🙏🏼❤️
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Nov 15, 2020
Sep 9, 2020
Well done Mikey, can't wait to see you playing in an England shirt (and Arsenal of course).
May 22, 2020
Good luck with your endeavours
Apr 3, 2020
Wish u the best! Be strong!!!
Jan 10, 2020
Wishing you the very best
Jan 3, 2020
Wishing you all the luck in the world. You are amazing! X
Dec 25, 2019
My niece, Melissa Sharratt has this condition. I am donating to this charity, instead of sending Christmas cards, in the hope that a cure Is found for all with RP.
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My name is John Poulli and I'm Mikey's dad. My aim in life is to raise enough awareness to find my son a cure for his blindness. In the meantime I am sharing and celebrating his amazing talent, courage and determination as a blind footballer. The World deserves to know Mikey.