On the 25th January we landed safely in the city of hopes and dreams – the place where Mae’s dream of walking could become a reality, thanks to SDR, Dr Park and all those who have supported our fund raising efforts!
Monday was our first visit to St Louis Children’s hospital where we got to meet with Dr Park and his team. We are feeling positive, although Mae was worried that Dr Park might wish to X- ray her. She was great throughout her pre-op evaluation, and we’re all set to go ahead. Thanks to the wonders of technology we hope to get ‘face time’ with the boys around lunch time and this will give Mae an extra boost.
Meeting Dr Park
Mae’s smile seems to be just as infectious here as it is back home, despite feeling jet-lagged and trying to adjust to the time zone difference. Mae had great fun splashing around in the pool on Monday, which made her wiped out earlier than usual. She managed a good night’s sleep whilst Mum tossed and turned – afraid of missing the alarm which would signal preparation for Mae’s op! Mae’s first words on waking were ‘Mum, is Dr Park going to make my legs better today?’
Mae’s op will be on Tuesday at 11am St. Louis time – about 5pm GMT, so about the time you read this post! I can’t believe this day is finally here, and I’m feeling a mixture of emotions.
The local press back home have continued to feature Mae’s story, and help us to publicise the aftercare costs which will be involoved. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far!
Doncaster Free Press, p.32, Thurs Jan 23rd 2014
Thank you so much to each and everyone of you that have helped to make this possible for Mae. We truly can’t thank you enough. This operation really does hold the potential to be life changing for Mae. xxx
This week you may have seen Mae and her family in Doncaster Free Press, with the fabulous news that we have reached the £70k target! Huge thanks to all involved and we can’t believe we have cracked it.
Activity is still ongoing and many volunteers have offered their support with future events and sponsored activities. For this reason we have agreed to raise our target to £100k, and all funds that continue to be raised will go to Mae’s community fund for after-care, which will be required following her surgery in 2014. This will include all care costs such as physiotherapy, specialist equipment and any costs associated directly with rehabilitation for Mae.
You can see the Hope4Mae Fund grand total, made up of Mae’s Just Giving donations plus her community fund on our website, and follow Mae’s progress through surgery and beyond.
Sincere thanks to everyone for sharing Mae’s story and supporting her journey!
Mae’s family is currently working on a video to share Mae’s journey so far, including the astonishing achievements of volunteers who have run events, been sponsored for crazy antics and gone out of their way to help Mae achieve her dreams of walking. We will share with you as soon as it is available to view!
A message from Mae’s parents:
‘We really can’t wait to start work on our fundraising video of events that have taken place so far!!
Fundraising has certainly strengthened us for the coming months and years ahead. Its incredible to think of everyone and everything over the last 6 months that have got us to this point today. It has been a tiring addition to our journey but we would without doubt do it all over again and will continue to work in events to give Mae the best possible aftercare. We have made some great friendships, We feel very loved and we are so thankful and proud of everyone that has contributed to Hope4Mae aMAEzing people.
Mae’s Mum & Dad xxxx’