DEVOTED mum Lisa Fordyce has 30,000 reasons to say thank you, as her daughter Lexie looks forward to a life-changing year.
In May, Lisa launched an appeal to raise £40,000 to pay for surgery in America to help Lexie, who has cerebral palsy.
And with £30,000 in the fund it looks like 2012 will be the year that gives the three-year-old a brighter future.
Lisa, of Grendon Avenue, Corby, said: “I want to thank everyone who has supported the appeal.
“These are difficult times and there isn’t a lot of money about but people have been generous and supported the appeal. Businesses, which are also struggling, have also backed the appeal and I am so grateful.”
Lisa, who also has a 12-year-old daughter Kelsey, is hoping to reach the £40,000 target so that Lexie can have a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri.
The youngster, who has a special frame to enable her to stand, receives botox injections to ease her symptoms but they will be become less effective the more they are used.
Lisa said: “The surgery would change Lexie’s life and could help her walk. It would give her more normal muscle control. I will be sending Lexie’s medical records off to the hospital in America and hopefully she will be able to have the surgery later in the year.”
Lexie, who loves to bake and even has her own chef’s hat, will be starting school in September.
Her mum said: “This year is going to be a big year for us.
“We couldn’t have got this far without all the support and I want everyone to know how we appreciate their kindness.”
Since the appeal was launched there have been dozens of fundraising events including fun days, a tea dance, a sponsored Zumba session, an Indian feast and a ghost hunt.
Brave firewalkers raised a sizzling £3,070 for the appeal when they walked across hot coals and strolled across a sheet of shattered glass.
The event was organised by medium Dennis Binks, who is now planning to organise a big sponsored slimathon to boost Lexie’s Leggy Fund. The details are to be announced in the next few weeks.
Lisa said: “We’ve had a lot of fun at all the events and I hope people have enjoyed themselves too.”