Anna's Dream to Dance

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Anna is a happy, determined and vivacious 7-year-old little girl who received a diagnosis of spastic diplegic cerebral palsy only last year at 6 years of age. Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move. This condition affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture, and balance. Cerebral palsy is a permanent life-long condition, some of these  symptoms can worsen over time. Anna is fiercely independent and is determined to complete tasks by herself. While she is able to get around and walk,  her balance is very poor, she often experiences frustration when trying to keep up with her peers.  She requires assistance for everyday tasks such as dressing, toileting and getting in and out of the car. In time, the spasticity, or increased stiffness in muscle tone, will cause Anna further discomfort and orthopedic problems, which will more than likely require extensive surgery . Anna is an extremely happy, intelligent strong willed and well loved chatty young girl. She seldom complains and takes everything in her stride. Her life has changed so much in the past 12 months. Her daily routine now involves 10 hours of splints by day and then 10 hours of casts by night. Each morning it takes about 30 minutes of stretches to get her body going and then at bedtime it involves a relaxing massage to try and relax the legs, the legs that took so long to get going this morning. Some nights the pain will wake her.  All she wants to do is play with her friends, she loves to dance, she loves gymnastics, football and swimming. She wants to do everything that her big sister Emma does. Some days  she dreams of being  a dancer and other days  she might be a goalie for the rebel county ❤ These are her dreams and they are slowly slipping away from her. This will not be possible for Anna as Cerebral Palsley  is taking over her body. The spasticity is winning , without intervention Anna will lose her mobility and while this scares me, it's the pain that she experiences on a daily basis that upsets me most. They good news is we have been given hope. There is medical intervention available that can change Anna’s life. Our daughter has been given the amazing opportunity to have life-changing surgery in St Louis, USA. She has been accepted as a candidate for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery. Dr TS Park and his team are the world leaders in this procedure that involves the identification and severing of the sensory nerves causing spasticity in the lower limbs. Without this surgery Anna will lose her mobility in time, as it is now every day tasks are becoming more difficult and she chooses to opt out of every day activities, mostly due to her reduced stamina and increasing pain...More detailed information on this procedure can be seen at http://www.stlouischildrens.org/our-services/center-cerebral-palsy-spasticity/about-selective-dorsal-rhizotomy-sdr. This procedure will change Anna's life! It will permanently reduce the spasticity in her legs allowing more freedom for her to move, enable improved balance and maximise her level of physical comfort. Dr Park and his team have predicted that “Anna will be able to walk independently in all environments.”  We see every day how spasticity holds Anna back, so for us, this surgery and the independence it will offer Anna is the greatest opportunity we could have dreamed of. We know that the surgery coupled with the tailored intensive physical therapy program in the following 12 months will make our beautiful girl’s wish to dance come true. Our decision to go ahead with SDR surgery has been a difficult one, but we believe that this is the exact step required to give Anna the ability to walk, run and dance on her own two feet.

The biggest challenge for us to make this opportunity a reality is to raise the €100 000 required to cover the cost of the operation, therapy requirements, follow up treatments and travel to and from the US. Fundraising is our best hope of providing Anna with this once in a lifetime opportunity and we need as much help as possible. If you could find it in your heart to help in any way we will be so thankful.

Then Anna's only problem will be whether to be a goalie or a dancer xxx

You can assist in any one of the following ways: Share our link and story (social media/radio/news) Make a donation to Anna’s Go Fund Me page Donate an item for a prize/auction Host an event! For example a coffee morning, corporate lunch, cocktail party or quiz night Attend a hosted event, check back for details! Thank you so much for reading Anna's story XX (If you prefer, the option is available to donate directly to Anna's surgery bank account. Details are as follows... Miss Anna Browne Bank of Ireland, Bank Place, Mallow, Co. Cork. IBAN: IE75BOFI90288075473697 BIC: BOFIIE2D
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