THE father of a young Foynes boy who is set to travel to the US next month for an operation that will allow him to walk for the first time has thanked everyone for their overwhelming support in trying to raise the €60,000 needed for the operation and aftercare.
David Wilke told The Kerryman this week that he and his wife Margaret and entire family have been amazed by the generosity of locals and strangers alike, who have gone above and beyond to help finance a highly specialized operation for eight-year-old Glen, who has cerebral palsy and is unable to sit, stand or walk unaided.
The 'Let's Help Glen Walk' fund was set up almost a year ago and to date close to €53,000 has been raised across West Limerick and North Kerry. The most recent event was a poker run in Castleisland two weeks ago, which raised nearly €2,000 for the cause,
David said the family now has enough money to finance the operation and to pay for flights and accommodation for their six-week stay in the US. None of this would have been possible without the support of all those who fundraised for Glen.
"It's been incredible and we are so grateful to everyone who helped us along the way," he said. "We're heading to America on November 9 and his operation is on the 15th, and it's thought we'll be there for about six weeks."
Once home, Glen will require a long period of aftercare, and funds are still being raised to facilitate that. Donations can be made on the mycharity.ie website or to a special AIB bank account set up for the campaign (a/c no 02121107, sort code 935530).