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Help Callum receive stem cell treatment
A MUM has vowed to help pay for a severely disabled youngster’s groundbreaking stem cell treatment, after being moved by his story.
Callum, of Bourne Close, Laindon, is unable to move his arms or legs, hear, or swallow after being born with severe brain damage. He also has cerebral palsy and is epileptic.
The mums got talking and Cherry, 30, was touched by Callum’s story and wanted to help.
She is now selling greetings cards to raise money and wants to put on a fun day this summer.
Callum, five, a pupil at the Pioneer School, Basildon, has already had treatment at the XCell Center, at the Institute of Regenerative Medicine clinic, in Cologne, Germany.
This has had dramatic results and he is now able to move his left hand which was impossible before.
The family is now hoping to raise the £10,000 needed for further treatment which could help improve his quality of life.
Cherry, who also has a one-year-old son, Oliver, said she felt compelled to help them reach the target.
She said: “I met Callum when my son was in hospital and he touched my heart.
“I have got millions of greetings cards and I am going around schools selling them. I want to raise enough money to do a fun day and that will raise more cash.
“I need some help printing leaflets and posters and I also need manpower and people who can stand on the stalls.”
Jane, of Bourne Close, Laindon, said she was very grateful for what Cherry is doing, as Callum has recently been diagnosed with colitis, an inflammation of the intestines, and osteoporosis which leads to bones breaking easily, so she has had to stop fundraising to look after him.
She said: “I am really touched and pleased that Cherry wants to help, she has got lots done.
“We just want to give him the best chance particularly as he has been so unwell since September.”
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