Luca’s Life Changing Journey

Just4Children are fundraising for a life changing operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) which will give Luca the life he deserves.

£30091.96
Total raised
100.31%
£30,000.00
Target
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286 donations

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"I have followed the story of Luca in 'Take a Break' and like to see how he is progressing. I hope my contribution helps and I wish Luca a healthy and happy life."
£10.00 from Shirley
"Good luck wee man. xx"
£20.00 from Reah
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"Good luck Luca x"
£10.00 from Gillian Crowley
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"My DD was also prem (and my 1stDS was stillborn prem). I have been so lucky with my daughter that she has not suffered any ill health. I admire you and what you are doing for Luca. Good luck"
£20.00 from Hannah
"Really hope he gets his operation soon x"
£10.00 from Anonymous
"Good luck for Luca's operation. Such a beautiful boy xx"
£10.00 from Anonymous
"Good luck to your lovely family"
£11.50 from Clare
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£11.50 from Trevor Reeve
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£10.00 from Anonymous
"Good luck xx"
£6.00 from Penny Finglass
"Good luck xxx"
£6.00 from Priscilla
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£23.00 from Trevor Reeve
"Good luck Luca 👍🏻💕"
£11.50 from Karen
"Wishing you the best of luck on your journey Luca 🥰"
£57.50 from Johan
"Your such a brave little boy Lucas and such an inspiration x "
£10.00 from Anonymous
"You’re an inspiration. You go cute boy. X"
£5.00 from Anonymous
"I hope this will help you get to your target, best wishes to your family"
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"Good luck!"
£20.00 from Jan
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£11.50 from Trevor Reeve
"Keep going beautiful. ❤"
£5.00 from Vikki
"Well done Luca you very brave clever little bundle of love.xx"
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£6.00 from Anonymous
"Please carry on doing what you do."
£10.50 from Anonymous
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£11.50 from Trevor Reeve
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"Good Luck xx"
£11.50 from Anonymous
"Grateful that my beautiful Granddaughter who has cerebral palsy did not need this operation so want to help a family going through tough times,hope Luca gets his operation,love to you allx"
£34.50 from Anonymous
"Good luck to a gorgeous boy xx"
£11.50 from Anonymous
"Wishing Luca's all the best xx"
£10.00 from Anonymous
"Good luck to Luca and you all xx"
£23.00 from Zoe Shepherd
"Please accept this contribution which was raised by the staff of MWH Treatment. Luca's charity was selected by Suzanne O'Sullivan. We hope our collection helps your beautiful little boy."
£117.90 from Anonymous
"Good luck Luca and family."
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"Best wishes"
£6.00 from Dina
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£30.00 from donna and sandra
"My son Bailey was born at 26 weeks and had menengitis and then NEC, which unfortunately took his life. I hope Luca can get his operation, he deserves it Xx"
£10.50 from m marshall
"Luca is a lovely child and deserves to be able to walk. I had five children and I know how I would have felt if one of them couldn't do what the others could. Keep fighting to let him achieve his goal"
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£5.00 from Anonymous
"Good Luck Luca, I'm sure you will achieve your goals xxx"
£23.00 from LYNN COY
"Good luck little Luca. Hope the operation is a success"
£23.00 from Daniela Jacob
"Good luck to Luca xx"
£6.00 from Jennifer everton
"Hope you soon reach your target and the operation is a great success! Best wishes to you all!"
£11.00 from Anonymous
"I really hope you manage to raise the amount you need for your beautiful little boy. I'm sorry the amount is so small but it's a lot to me. God Bless you all x"
£HIDDEN from Anonymous
"Wishing you and Luca every success on your journey x"
£9.43 from Mary
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£10.50 from Anonymous
"Wishing every success in Luca's treatment. Best wishes."
£20.00 from Joseph McDonagh
"Good look Luca, keep trying you brave little boy. Read in take a break"
£11.00 from Anonymous
"Well done Lucas 😊"
£50.00 from Anonymous
"I read Luca story in take a break, wishing you all lots of luck to reach your goal."
£34.50 from Anonymous

Just4Children are fundraising for a life changing operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) which will give Luca the life he deserves.

Luca is our 18 month twin boy from Greater Manchester who unfortunately had to fight for the first 10 months of his life. In that time Luca became seriously poorly and ended up with NEC, a serious illness in which tissues in the intestine become inflamed and start to die,Sepsis twice and Meningitis 4 times.

We are very lucky to have him here with us today.

From this Luca has now been left with braindamage (PVLand Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy),is global development delayed and is yet to be able to sit unaided completely, talk, stand orwalk. Luca’slegs are extremely stiff which is why this SDR surgery is a must.We are aiming for him to hopefully have the surgery when he turns 3.

SDR surgery (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) corrects muscle spasticity by cutting the nerve rootlets in the spinal cord that are sending abnormal signals to the muscles. However, it is yet not fully available on the NHS in the UK.  Alder Hey offer this on the NHS if you are grade II or III on the Gross Motor Functional Classification System (GMFCS) but if you are grade IV and V it is £16,000 towards the cost of the surgery.

In addition, intensive physiotherapy which is needed before and after the surgery is not funded completely on the NHS so therefore,we need to try and raise as much money to be able to offer this to our precious boy.

Luca ispointing towards a grade V as heis still unable to stand unaided or walk but due to him being young still that could change.However,for now we want to be prepared and make sure Just4Childrenhave the funds to be able to give this boy a life changing op! Our journey with AlderHey Hospital starts with an appointment on 10th may this year.

This is something that gives us so much hope that one day soon Luca may be able to stand and walk completely unaided.Luca deserves thisafter such an awful start to his life.So,this really would be life changing!

Let’s give this amazing hero a great chance in life!

Thank you so much for taking your time in reading Luca’s story.

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