Michael’s Hope For Independence Campaign was established to raise €60,000 for eleven year old MICHAEL TIRON to have a life-changing operation in America that will give him the chance to walk independently with an aid.
“Just over 4 months ago when we started fundraising, €60,000 seemed to us like a gigantic brick wall that was impossible to climb!” says Natalija. “We’ve had an amazing team helping us to coordinate the Campaign and of course a wonderful community that helped us to make this happen! And we are forever grateful to everyone who has helped us to make Michael’s dream come true...”
“Since the launch of the campaign on February 24th in the Strand Hotel, we have received amazing support from both the Bray and Greystones Communities, and beyond” say both Michael’s parents. “Through all the fundraising events, we have been stunned by people’s support and generosity, in particular the whole school community of St. Cronan’s. It has really brought home to us that no matter how tough the task seems, when people come together as a community, anything is possible!”
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who has shown their support for Michael’s Hope For Independence in any way” says Natalija. “We could never have achieved our target of €60,000 if it wasn’t for the wonderful support we received from people across Ireland and beyond who donated to Michael’s cause.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to have reached our target of €60,000 and we are also thrilled to announce that recently we received a confirmation that Michael’s operation will be on the 31st August!” said Michael’s father Marcel. "We are so overwhelmed by everything that has been happening around our family. And we are even more excited to the changes that are waiting for us in a very near future." continued Natalija.
As is the case with any operation, Michael will require a significant amount of after-care. "There are a few events that have already been organised and we hope to continue with these events, and the money raised will go towards the target of €20,000 for the intensive 2-year program of after-care and physiotherapy which follows Michael’s SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) operation” says Natalija.
Along with Michael’s after-care, Michael’s family would like to donate €2,000 from these funds towards the “Help Cherie Walk” campaign, to help Cherie Anderson from Leopardstown, who has been accepted for the same operation as Michael. They have also passed on the Bag Packing dates for Tesco in Bray that were originally booked for Michael’s Hope For Independence to the Parents’ Associations of both St. Cronan’s & St. Patrick’s Schools by way of a “Thank You” for all the help and support that they have received.
WITH ALL OUR HEARTS WE THANK YOU...with lots of love from Michael and family.