A young couple with strong Donegal connections desperately need to raise up to €80,000 so that they can give their son a chance to walk.
Shauna and Gerard Gallagher are closely related to the popular Keaney family in Bundoran and live in Cliffoney a few miles from the resort. The couple have three childen, Kyle, Lilly and Rory, who is just two years of age.
Little Rory has cerebral palsy spastic diplegia and is facing life in a wheelchair. However, pioneering surgery in the US will mean the toddler could have a chance to walk but the couple desperately need funds for the operation.
Speaking to the Democrat Shauna said:“Rory was diagnosed with cerebral palsy spastic diplegia at eight months old. That was the day my world fell apart.
“We called him after the legend that is Rory Gallagher and we were looking forward to watching our own little Rory rock out. It broke my heart to hear that he would be in a wheelchair by the age of 3.
“The hardest part was telling my son Kyle that Rory wouldn’t be able to play football with him. Some days are very hard, but Rory is actually the best thing to have ever happened us. He is full of love and full of fun. He has a real mischievous side. We now spend more time together as a family and appreciate each other more. He has made us focus on the things that really matter like cuddling up on the sofa, watching a movie or having a family walk around Rougey on a Sunday.
“I just want to see Rory become that little boy I dreamt about, running around in his red wellies. He loves music. He loves to dance. He now dances using his arms and swaying in his chair. I can’t wait to see him dance on his feet.”