May 21 2012

An appeal: Jack and Rebecca’s Dream to Walk

iharrow.com is supporting Jack and Rebecca’s Dream to Walk  as our 2012 charity. We’re donating all our advertising income from Google Adsense up until the end of the year to this worthwhile cause. That means that EVERY payment that Google makes to us for running advertising here during 2012 will go straight to this cause, via Justgiving.com. You’ll have seen the banner adverts scattered throughout iharrow.com – Google pay us to display those, and they pay us even more when out visitors click on them. We’d originally used that to fund iharrow.com, but sometimes, a far better cause comes along.

Google doesn’t allow us to encourage random clicking on ads, but if you see something you like in one of the adverts, you might like to consider clicking on it, or, better still, make a small donation, direct, via Justgiving.com.

If you can help Jack and Rebecca – and every single donation really helps – please visit their Justgiving.com site here.

Jack and Rebecca are not walking like you would expect 3 year olds to do so. They both need support to walk. They were diagnosed with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy just after their 2nd birthday.

They are a ray of sunshine, both so happy and easy going. You wouldn’t be able to pick them out of a group of children if they were all sitting down, its only when the rest of the children stand up and run you notice these two happy, laughing children crawling to catch up or using these metal walkers that help them to be on the same level as their peers.

Numbers, letters, words, shapes and colours have been easily learnt, they love reading books, the only thing holding them back is walking.

The only current treatment available generally on the NHS is Physiotherapy, this can help but will only assist the twins with “living” with the condition. There is no guarantee that with just physiotherapy the twins will ever walk.

There is treatment available that makes their lives better. Unfortunately it is not generally available on the NHS. This treatment is Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy or SDR for short. The operation involves sectioning (cutting) some of the sensory nerve fibres’ that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord. This operation would provide the twins with the best possible way to change their lives. The snag is the cost. The cost would be £100k for both.

The money would not only pay for the operation but all associated cost including equipment, physiotherapy sessions etc.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – we raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

You can donate, safely and securely, online here, and pay by credit card or Paypal.

Love Jack & Rebecca




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