Super boy battling cerebral palsy steals hearts

Little Jackson Waddell won the Great Scottish Run before the starting gun was even fired on today’s big races.

The six-year-old stole the hearts of crowds at the toddler dash event as he smiled through the mile-long course despite needing the help of a frame to walk.

Jackson, who has cerebral palsy, was raising money to go to America for treatment that could help him walk unaided. He needs £70,000 to pay for the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy and intensive physiotherapy sessions before and after. The youngster will need two operations if the money is raised in time for the treatment in St Louis next April.

Parents Jacqueline, 31, and Craig, 29, have set up a JustGiving page, with their total currently sitting at £46,314.

Jacqueline said: “He loved the race. He takes it in his stride and expects everybody to know who he is. This is the third year we have done it.”

She added: “The surgeon has given a prediction that he has the potential to walk so even if that doesn’t happen for another few years, the potential is there.We need to take the opportunity to go.

“The frame he was in yesterday is a glorified baby walker. It holds his trunk in place and lets his legs do the work.

“I would never have him growing up and researching the treatment himself and asking why we never did it. I want him to be as independent as he can be.”

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