Supporting Mae, every step of the way!
"Hello, I am Mae Fox, I live in Doncaster in Yorkshire, and I am 7 years old. I am asking if you could support Hope4Mae please, so I can practice walking on my own and get the treatment that I need to keep walking?
I was born very early and my Mummy and Daddy learned that I had a brain injury because of my birth. I have got cerebral palsy, which makes my arms and legs hard to move, even though I tried so hard to get strong, and I couldn’t stand up or play with my brothers. I had a wish that I could walk, play on the trampoline and maybe ride a bike, just like my big brothers do every day. I would really love to dance!
Mummy and Daddy got to work raising lots of money so I could go to America to have a very special operation. I couldn’t have this help in England. Dr Park worked magic on my spine to make my muscles wake up and start to work. Since then I have worked really hard with my Physio and special people at training centres called ‘Footsteps’ and ‘Walk this Way’. We had to keep raising money to pay for all those people to help me get strong.
This year I have been learning to walk with tripod sticks! I am getting stronger and I like to walk with my sticks whenever I can. Before I had to always use my wheelchair, so now I like it better! I keep doing my exercises and I am getting stronger all the time.
Because I am growing all the time I need new equipment which I can’t get from the Doctors in England. I will need some new special splints for my legs, new shoes to help me stand flat and new tripod sticks when I get bigger. Mummy and Daddy keep working hard to raise money for me to keep taking every step I can.
Now my muscles in my legs are stretched as much as they can. As I grow I will not be able to balance so well, or stand so tall. We just found out that I need hamstring surgery to lengthen my tendons so I can stretch much further. Now I have to go back to see Dr Park in America. It will be nice to see him again and I am excited about being able to move even more than I can now, and maybe I can run one day like you!
Thank you for any help you
can give me, Love Mae xx"
Hope4MaeFundraising Targets 2017:
The SDR surgery that Mae has undergone, and the ongoing intensive therapy programme necessary to help her walk, is not supported by NHS UK. The funds we raise will be used for Mae's surgeries and treatment in the US, post op Physiotherapy, flights and accommodation.
We will need to fund future exercise programmes, and equipment to grow with Mae each year.
The medical equipment will include crutches, canes and specialist orthotic aids (knee immobiliser, AFO's, SMO's). Mae's orthotic needs are likely to be for a number of years to accommodate her growth. In addition Mae will also need Intensive physiotherapy in the UK, including private home visits (£75.00 per hour) and treatment at the Footsteps centre (c.£6000 per year). Mae will also require an amount of strength and conditioning to assist her muscle build up.
To further help to ensure that Mae's dreams can become a reality we would love to hear from anyone that would like to fundraise for our cause.
This could be in the form of a monthly pledge to secure Mae’s therapy, a Team sponsored event, a dress-down day at work, a bake sale, jumble sale or penny jar- EVERY penny really does count!
Anything you can give will greatly help in funding Mae's aftercare, and help to give her a better future.
Thank you so much for any help you can offer.
Mae’s Mum & Dad, Amy and Matt Fox
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