Broomhall Estate’s annual Golf Classic at Blainroe Golf Club has raise an astonishing €19,000 for an appeal seeking to help three-year-old Kane Fox get life-changing treatment in the US.
The event was supported by all sorts of local businesses, particularly WH Scott Engineers, whose Managing Director Patrick Doyle said last week: “It was absolutely brilliant. Loads of sponsors came on board to donate funds, prizes and services and we raised €19,000. The good news is that all of that is pretty much paid already so it can go straight to Kane’s family.”
With this money going into the pot, Kane’s family have now raised more than the €100,000 target they set in December, and on May 20, Kane, mum Amy, dad Alan and brother Killian will fly to St. Louis in Missouri for surgery which will have an immensely positive impact on Kane’s quality of life.
Kane, from Merrymeeting in Rathnew, was born prematurely, at 28 weeks, and fought his way out of NICU to finally arrive home after eight weeks.
However, as he grew it became apparent that Kane had progressive cerebral palsy and he was eventually diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy.
This means he has tight, stiff muscles in all four limbs and that makes it difficult for him to control his movement. Particularly, it has started to make it difficult for him to do his two favourite things - swimming and horse riding.
The surgery that he is now able to receive will improve his posture when sitting, standing and walking and allow him to continue the activities he loves.
His parents are no stranger to these pages and admit that they have run out of words to describe their gratitude to their community for being so generous with their time and money to help their son.
As the last few fundraisers get ready to take place, mum Amy is on cloud nine and said: “I found it difficult to put this out there because he’s our child. But my God, the county, and Rathnew, and Ashford and Rathdrum in particular have shown such community sprit.
“The first time we were in the Wicklow People was just before Christmas, and now only five months later we are ready to go.
“The fundraiser at Blainroe was Broomhall Estate’s annual Golf Classic, and I want to thank them all, and also WH Scott, who were involved in putting that together through Patrick Doyle.
“It’s really amazing how much was raised and that’s brought us definitely up to target and a little bit over. We are just over the moon for that. What’s left over will go into Kane’s trust fund for his after care and physio.”
And still this young family’s community are supporting them in their hour of need, with The Village Players from Rathnew supporting the Kicks For Kane campaign through their latest production.
‘Separate Beds’, directed by Marion Murphy and Shay Brennan, takes place at St. Bridgets Hall in Rathnew from Thursday, May 12 to Saturday, May 14, with tickets available at www.gr8events.ie.