'There is always hope' says mum raising money for son's life saving treatment (From Haringey Independent)
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'There is always hope' says mum raising money for son's life saving treatment
A mother desperate to save her son’s life says she will never give up hope and will do anything to help him.
Three months ago, Elaine Thompson, of Courtman Road, Tottenham, was given the news her nine-year-old son Keir had Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.
Since the diagnosis at St Ormond Street Hospital she has been organising events to raise £30,000 to take Keir to Canada for life saving stem cell treatment.
She said: “I had noticed he found it hard to get up by himself and he kept tripping over.
“The doctors said it was different things so I asked for another test and after that was when they told me he had Muscular Dystrophy.
“When I first heard I was so angry. I just didn’t think it would be that and it was so unbelievable.
“After I went through different emotions, anger and shock and then it really hit home and I realised I had to something.”
After getting the news Ms Thompson did research into the best treatments for the disease and found out about the treatment available in Canada.
She said: “It’s the best chance he has and while he is still mobile and able to run around I want to take him.
“Nothing will stop me from getting him there, I’m going to everything I can because if I don’t do it, no one else will.
“There is always hope and as long as you have that you have something to fight for.”
During the past few weeks the 37-year-old has been working with her friends and family to organise a number of fund raising events including a celebrity football match.
She said: “It’s been hard trying to organise everything because there’s part of you which doesn’t want to think about it.
“We’ve had so much help and support from friends, family and people in the community, it’s been fantastic.”
The first fundraising event to be organised is a charity football match at Haringey Borough Football Ground, in White Hart Lane, on Friday October 26, with kick-off at 7:45pm.
Teams on the night will be made of former Arsenal footballers and celebrities against a team of players who have paid for the honour of taking on their football heroes.
Before the match there will also be a family fun evening from 5pm which will include a bouncy castle, raffle and barbeque.
Tickets cost £4 for adults, £2 for children and can be bought at the gate on the evening.
People an also donate towards the cause online by visiting www.gofundme.com/1csdqo.