Three-year-old Ellie Boyhan is set for the US after her family have managed to raise almost €100,000 for an operation which could help her to stand and walk independently.
Ellie, who has Cerebral Palsy and cannot walk or stand independently as well as being in constant discomfort and pain.
The fundraiser, set up by Ellie’s parents, Amy Glennon and John Boyhan on July 4, was to gather the money needed to send Ellie for SDR surgery (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) with world-renowned surgeon Dr T. S. Park at St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri, Ameria.
Speaking to The Echo, Ellie’s mom Amy said the pain that Ellie is experiencing will intensify as she gets older if she doesn’t have this procedure.
The life-changing surgery, along with three years of intensive post-operative therapy, could help Ellie to walk unassisted and live life pain-free.
Amy said Ellie, who is supposed to start pre-school in September, is a fun-loving, gregarious character who loves dancing and has a vast selection of tutus that she chooses from.
“She is a real girly girl,” Amy said, “She is so funny and she remembers everything.” Over the past 15 days, over 2,000 online donations have been made to the Gofundme page to help Ellie.
Local businesses also pitched in to help with Carpe Diem Cafe in Carrigaline donating all funds from their coffee sales to Ellie resulting in a donation of €900 and Barry Collins SuperValu also holding a jersey day fundraiser to support the campaign.
Posting on the fundraising page: ‘Ellie’s Dream to Dance’ Amy said never in their wildest dreams did they imagine the kindness and support that they have received.
“Reflecting back on the last 10 days, and your support, it is clear that there is such generosity of spirit and Ellie is surrounded by so much love.”
To donate to the page, click %here% or search 'Ellie’s Dream to Dance' on Gofundme.