Happy Feet for Sophia

Sophia is aged 3 with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and PVL. In order to help Sophia live a pain free life with no limitations Just4Children need help in raising monies for SDR surgery in the US.

£64876.38
Total raised
72 %
£90,000.00
Target
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182 donations

Recent donations

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£188.82 from Brendan Curtis
"Best of luck Gerry! Great to hear from you. Best wishes to you, Sophia and all the family. I'm sure you've almost burned of all those pints from St. Mary's by now. Keep her lit!"
£45.06 from Peter Madden
"Best of luck with all the efforts Gerry."
£85.83 from Adrian Black
"Nearly there!! Hope this helps to get you over the line - both with donation target and the Marathon! ❤️❤️"
£9.44 from Hanna McDonnell
"Best of luck in the toughest half ever I’d say🙈😍👍"
£18.88 from Karen Griffin
"Good luck."
£22.00 from Gabrielle Trinder
"Best wishes for the fundraising Gerry."
£HIDDEN from Anonymous
"A great effort buddy, Sophia must be very proud of her Daddy. Keep it up!"
£94.41 from Tony Mckeogh
"Brave man getting a waxing fair play to yeah"
£17.17 from Barry Doyle
"Good luck Gerry!"
£HIDDEN from Anonymous
"Amazing work Ger. You rock lad. Trots x"
£31.50 from Neill Kennedy
"Well Done Gerry Best of Luck!!"
£10.50 from Lisa Carolan
"Well done Griff! Top work! Lots of love to you and the family. Seve, Jo, Evan and Grace xxx"
£21.00 from Andrew Tolley
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£18.08 from Kelly Mulgrew
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£HIDDEN from Anonymous
"Well done today Gerry- great running on a very tough course! Best of luck with all your fundraising Pauline, Paddy & Tadhg McDonnell"
£47.47 from Anonymous
"Best of luck with run Gerry"
£18.99 from Barry Doyle
"Best of luck 🏃🏻🏃🏻😊"
£18.08 from Fiona Griffin
"Best of luck Gerry."
£18.08 from Stephen Gorman
"G’wan Gerry!!! Hope you sail through it X"
£47.47 from Elaine Griffin
"Best of luck ! 😊"
£9.49 from Anne Keely
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£18.99 from Michelle Myles
"Best of luck Gerry... from Gail Commins"
£18.99 from Anonymous
"Best of luck with the running gerry"
£HIDDEN from Anonymous
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£18.99 from Avril Reilly
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£18.08 from Pamela Campbell
"Best of Luck Gerry and best of health to Sophia. Hope you overachieve your target 👍🏻"
£18.99 from Ciaran Shevlin
"Best of luck Gerry, great cause"
£18.08 from Paul Barnes
"Best of luck Gerry! You can do it! xxx"
£30.00 from Jessie Stuart
"Well done Gerry & best of luck with rest or running challenges you’ve set yourself. Tremendous effort & your daughter Im sure is so proud of her Daddy. Neil"
£18.08 from Neil Cooney
"Best of luck Gerry"
£18.99 from Gavin Malone
"Best of luck Gerry"
£HIDDEN from Anonymous
"Good luck Gerry"
£10.50 from Caroline Loader
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£HIDDEN from Anonymous
"Best of luck on your journey with Sophia"
£50.00 from Shane Reilly

Sophia was diagnosed at age 2 with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and PVL. In order to help Sophia live a pain free life with no limitations Just4Children need help in raising monies for SDR surgery in the US.

Sophia is 3 and a half and lives in Co. Louth with her Mum, Dad, brother and sister. Sophia was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy and PVL (Periventricular Leukomalcia) of the brain just after her 2nd Birthday in 2017. Sophia has a Lordotic posture, hip subluxion, poor trunk control, and poor balance with abnormal gait and spasticity in both her legs.

Sophia has many struggles with her balance and with walking. She has very low endurance and therefore tires a lot. She struggles with a lot of daily things that you or I would take for granted, like climbing stairs, getting dressed and walking.

Sophia has to do physio every day, along with wearing AFO braces on both legs, a special Lymed garment for 7 hours everyday to help with posture just to name a few.

She falls 3-4 times a day with some falls being quite hard. In addition, she has a poor gait and poor endurance which is only going to get worse as she ages. And, not forgetting with spasticity can come painful spasms and deformities.

Shortly after her diagnosis we came across this revolutionary surgery in America called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy SDR, which is performed by the world’s top Neurosurgeon Dr. T. S. Park in St. Louis’s Children’s Hospital Missouri. So, in September 2017 we applied for an assessment. We met with Dr. T. S. Park in April 2018 in Ballsbridge Dublin who advised that Sophia would be an excellent candidate for the surgery.

We have now finally been given the green light for the surgery. Dr. Park predicts that Sophia will walk better, with straight legs, have better balance and posture, and be able to play ALL recreational sports of which she cannot currently do.

However, this is where Sophia needs your help. The surgery and 2 year aftercare, along with equipment, costs a huge amount of money and therefore we need help to raise these funds.

Sophia is such a happy girl full of character and we just want to give her the best life possible.

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