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The Five Stars Appeal aim to raise £10,000 towards treatment for Nicholas by holding the Media City Abseil on Thurs 14th February, Valentine's Day!
You can join up to 60 people taking part in the abseil by going to http://www.justgiving.com/teams/fivestars or you can donate to this page to help Nicholas. Thank you.
This is Nicholas's story:
My name is Nicholas and I am 8 years old. I have Cerebral Palsy. There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy! I have left sided Hemiplegia which means all the left side of my body is affected. My balance is not good. I trip over and fall over a lot and get tired very easily. I even find it hard to carry my school bags. I need a wheelchair when I go to the park and on long trips out. I wear special boots which are very heavy and uncomfortable especially when it is warm, and I wear a splint. The splint pulls my heel to the ground so I don’t walk on my toes but it sometimes hurts because my left foot is twisty. My leg aches and I don’t want to wear the splint anymore.
Normal activities like putting on my clothes, going up and down stairs and getting up from a sitting position are difficult for me.
As I grow the tightness becomes worse and makes everyday tasks more difficult.
Despite my daily challenges I am just a normal bubbly little boy with lots of friends, but with your help and support my future could be a lot brighter as I have been given the chance of a life changing opportunity at The St Louis Children’s Hospital in the U.S.A to have an operation called SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) by a wonderful surgeon called Dr T S Park. The hospital has an amazing success rate with 100% of patients permanently reducing plasticity.
The SDR operation will permanently remove all the tightness (spasticity) in my body and help me improve my walking, posture and gain flat feet so I should be able to run, skip, jump, play football, ride a bike and scooter like all my friends do.
The operation, travel, accommodation and intensive after care will cost over £60,000 and the NHS will not help with any of the costs. We hope with your support we will reach this target.