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Cian Twomey takes on the 'Cream Pie Challenge' for Irish baby with rare disorder

Published 16/07/2015 | 14:10

Here's my #CreamPieChallengeForLuke I'm helping raise awareness for AADC. Please donate by texting LUKE42 to 70070 or via JustGiving at www.justgiving.com/emma-styles1

Posted by Mr Cian Twomey on Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Irish Facebook sensation Cian Twomey has taken on the 'Cream Pie Challenge For Luke' in aid of an Irish baby with a rare disorder.

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Young Dublin mother Emma Styles (22), started the challenge in an effort to "go viral" and raise funds for her son Luke, who suffers from the debilitating and incurable disorder AADC.

She challenged fans on Facebook to hit themselves in the face with a cream pie. In the style of previous viral challenges like the 'No Make Up Selfie', those accepting the challenge are asked to then nominate friends to complete it too.

One of the people to take up the challenge was Irish Facebook star 'Mr. Cian Twomey' who posted his video to his 1.4M Facebook fans and encouraged them to donate.

Nine-month-old Luke Cross is the only person in Ireland with AADC, which affects the brain's ability to produce dopamine and serotonin, which are needed to maintain a regular standard of living.

Emma said that Luke's parents knew from a young age that there was something wrong.

"Doctors started doing random tests, but they had to narrow it down. We were really lucky that the doctors tested for it, because it’s so rare.

"Some children who have AADC can't walk, while others can't talk, others can't eat or drink by themselves. Some children respond brilliantly to treatment and can do everything but still have issues with other things. It all depends on how well they respond to treatment."

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