THE parents of a brave little girl who needs a pioneering operation to help her walk for the first time say they have been overwhelmed by the response to the launch of their fund-raising appeal.
Four-year-old Susanna Petersburska’s parents need to raise a staggering £60,000 to send their beloved daughter to the US for ground-breaking treatment that could change her life.
And, since the Reporter’s front page feature last week, more than £400 has already been added by golden-hearted readers to the fundraising cause.
As well as £345 being added via the Help Susanna Walk appeal’s Just Giving website, one generous reader dropped a £60 cheque off in the office when she collected her weekly Reporter.
Susanna’s father, Andrzej Petersburska, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who has donated so far and the Reporter’s article has given us a big help. It has also given us hope that we can reach the fund-raising target.
“Since the article was published, lots of other parents have been asking us about Susanna. Every day there has been something new.”
Little Susanna. who was born with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, can currently only get around with the use of a standing frame as her legs aren’t strong enough to hold her weight.
But the youngster, of Eccleston Park, has now been given the green light for a pioneering operation – and up to two years of after care – at the world-leading St Louis Childrens Hospital in Missouri.
First though, in a bid to edge closer to their daunting fund-raising target, Susanna’s parents, Andrzej and Monika, are hoping fund-raisers will take on the annual Santa Dash charity run in Liverpool next month on behalf of the appeal.
They are also hoping to arrange a series of fund-raising events in St Helens in the coming months.
Mum Monika said: “Without the treatment Susanna is going to end up a full time wheelchair user and will miss out on some of the things she is desperate to do – simple things like dancing.
“I just want to give my little girl the best life possible. I would give anything just to see Susanna dance or run around with her friends.”
Anyone interested in supporting the Help Susanna Walk appeal can contact the Caudwell Children charity, which is helping the Petersburskas, on 01782 600114 or donate online at: www.justgiving.com/helpsusannawalk