Time is running out for a little Doncaster boy who needs to raise £35,000 to make his dream of walking unaided come true.
The family of eight-year-old Cameron Garner, of Anchorage Lane, Sprotbrough, want to raise funds to pay for a life-changing operation at Leeds General Infirmary on October 31.
But with only two weeks left it looks as though they will be forced to cancel.
Richmond Park Primary pupil Cameron was born with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, a neurological condition which causes the muscles in his legs to become painfully tight and means he is unable to walk without assistance.
He needs a procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy which will loosen the muscles and, combined with intensive physiotherapy, hopefully enable him to gain the independence he longs for.
Since the family found out about the operation and launched the Get Cameron Walking appeal, the local community has shown great support organising dress down days, gigs, sponsored walks and football matches among other things.
But with only a fortnight to go until the scheduled operation date, there is still more than £20,000 to raise.
Cameron’s dad, Malcolm Hall, aged 34, said: “Knowing there is an operation out there that could change Cameron’s life is a ray of hope.
“I’ve seen videos of children who have had the operation and are now able to do things like running and horse riding like other children. That’s what we want and hope for him.
“We desperately want the operation to go ahead at the end of the month but we have a long way to go, and people have already done so much to help us.”
n To support the Get Cameron Walking appeal, call Caudwell Children on 01782 600 867, donate online at www.justgiving.com/getcameronwalking or text CAMG91£ (amount) to 70070.