Needing ongoing physical therapy, constant supervision and the aid of a specialised walking frame just to stand up, Jessica endures regular personal training and physiotherapy treatments to minimise the constant pain in her legs.
Nevertheless, Jessica is a happy and outgoing little girl with a smile that can light up a room! But she's becoming more aware that she is not the same as her nursery friends with whom she'd dearly love to play, and does not understand why her parents are on the climbing frame with her instead.
The opportunity to give Jessica the chance to walk independently was recently discovered when Lynne researched a procedure, selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) conducted by chief neurosurgeon of St Louis Children's Hospital, Missouri, Dr. T.S.Park.
Having reviewed Jessica's case, Dr. Park has given Colin, Lynne, Jessica and her two year old sister Emily, the positive news they'd been hoping for; if Jessica were to undergo the operation, Dr. Park predicts that Jessica would not only be able to walk independently, she could even participate in sports.
What they need now is help to raise the £60,000 (US$95,000) it will cost to conduct the life-changing surgery in the USA, followed by years of intensive physiotherapy back home in Scotland. With this daunting objective in mind they have set up a fundraising appeal at http://www.justgiving.com/
Colin and Lynne have also started a Facebook page for Jessica at http://www.facebook.com/
With just eight months to achieve their goal, Colin and Lynne are being supported by family and friends with fundraising activities including sponsored walks, raffles and other initiatives. To date they've raised just over £1,000 towards their £60,000 target and the clock is ticking.
Where every penny donated takes Jessica a step closer to life-changing surgery, now is the time to help give wee Jessica the opportunity to experience an activity most of us take for granted - walking on our own two feet.
About The everyPENNY Appeal:
Donations to the everyPENNY appeal go directly to The Tree of Hope Children's Charity, a Registered Charity in England and Wales (No. 1043092) and Scotland (No. SC042611), which aims to have the funds readily available for Jessica to have her treatment at very short notice in order that delays do not hinder her treatment and recovery.
The Tree of Hope Children's Charity offers hope to the families of sick children who need specialist medical surgery, treatment and therapy in order to free them from suffering, giving a better quality to their young Lives