Almost €80,000 raised to help 4-year-old Alex's 'Wish to Walk' come true
A major fundraising drive is underway for a 4-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who needs complicated surgery that may allow him to walk on his own.
Alex Foley and his twin brother Jacob were born at Cork University Maternity Hospital in October 2010 to parents Patrick and Laurane after 32 weeks gestation.
A very ill newborn, Alex received three blood transfusions and had several seizures during his first few days of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Furthermore, due to a birth injury, the "cheeky and lovable" Midleton-based child suffers from Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, which means that he is unable to walk independently.
Family and friends of Alex are now attempting to raise some €80,000 to send the little boy to the US so that he can get selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) that may help him walk.
So far, over €76,000 has been raised through coin collections, Facebook auctions, a charity 'wheelabout' and an upcoming climb of Mt Carauntoohil in Co Kerry.
At the moment, Alex takes anti seizure medication and muscle relaxant drugs - and undergoes strict physiotherapy routines with his mam on a daily basis.
During the day, he wears AFO foot braces and, at night, he has to keep casts on so that his legs can stretch out while he sleeps.
All Alex wishes to do is run around and play with his siblings, older sister Lauren, brothers Harry, Ryan and twin brother Jacob, according to his fundraising site.
"Alex is a very happy boy, he is kind and caring and always tries to help others. He does not let his disability define him as person and always tries his best," it reads.
*If you wish to donate to this cause, text Alex to 57802 to give €2 or donate to Alex's Wish to Walk, Ulster Bank, Main Street, Midleton, sort code 985490, a/c 11159521 - see www.alexswishtowalk.com