10k run helps fund US op for Bella MaysBy Mike Pyle
April 15, 2010
Parents put their best feet forward to run 10km in a drive to raise money for a life-changing operation for her daughter.
Tracey and Roger Mays took on the Stockley Park Easter Monday 10k run in London and with the help of sponsors and donors have now raised more than £11,000 to pay for a state- of-the-art operation that could help their daughter Bella walk.
Five-year-old Bella, from Buckhurst Hill in the Warren, suffers from a form of cerebral palsy which means she has severe spasticity in her legs making her unable to walk without the aid of a frame.
Bella and her family are due to fly out to the States later this month so she can have a ‘elective dorsal rhizotomy’, a procedure unavailable in the UK, which involves removing the nerves from her spine that cause the stiffness in her legs.
The procedure costs around £40,000 and, although Bella’s family are planning to take out a loan to cover costs, they have also been trying to raise funds and the total so far is £11,500.
The pair took on the gruelling run which Tracey finished in one hour four minutes with Roger coming in slightly behind in one hour 18 minutes.
Tracey said: “I was impressed with how well I did – I didn’t expect to do it that fast!
“There were a lot of very serious runners there so we started at the back but I managed to overtake a few runners on the way around.”
Bloor Homes, the company building the Wykery Cospe development off the A3299M near Jennett’s Park, also helped the appeal by donating £500 to the fund for every home sold in April and holding events over the Easter weekend.
For more information on the appeal, or to donate money, visit www.bellafund.net.
Tracey has also set up a group named ‘Bella Fund – Helping Bella Walk – SDR operation in USA’ on internet social networking site Facebook.