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To Mobility and Beyond... Saving for Spike!
$960 raised
3% of $35k goal
9 contributors
3 Years running

Meet Ryker! He is a spunky, 7 year old little man who was born with Spastic Quadripegic Cerebral Palsy. He is globaly delayed and non-verbal but that does't slow him down much! He currently gets around by the use of his manual wheelchair, a walker or by crawling and cruising along furniture. Because he spends so much of his time not weight bearing on his legs, he has been dealing with partial subluxation of his hips. One of the pieces of equipment we are trying to fundraise for is the Kid Walk Gait Trainer.  The biggest difference between the walker he currently has and the Kid Walk is the fact that he doesn't need to use his hands to hold on to it! That way he is free to use his hands while cruising around while supporting his trunk. Unfortunately it is not covered under any government funding programs and our insurance doesn't cover the cost of his equipment and this piece of equipment has a hefty price tag of roughly $5000 Canadian. He has used one through his school LOVES it! It gives him the ability to jump when he's in it as well which makes it so much more fun for him! More fun = more time spent in it = more weight bearing on his legs to combat the partial subluxation of his hips! We also need to upgrade his carseat situation. Ryker still requires the support of a carseat but is rapidly out growing the standard infant/toddler ones. The quote I got was just over $1000 for a Britax Snug Seat Traveller Plus. Beyond all of this, because of the spastic, or tight, muscles in his legs he is unable to obtain a full range of motion in his legs. They are always bent. We are currently looking into a surgical procedure that is only available in the States at the moment, so far it is looking unlikely that our Alberta Health Services will cover the cost and we will need to come up with the funds on our own. It's call SPML, it is a much less invasive tendon lengthening procedure that the options available here with much better results and minimal recovery time. I will be getting a break down of the costs in the coming weeks but we can anticipate it to be over $30,000. Please help us provide the very best for our son, he's an amazing boy and deserves nothing but the best chances in this world!

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