Joy for Griffin family as fundraising target is reached

Sophia Griffin will travel to St Louis this September for life changing surgery thanks to the generosity of people around Dundalk and farther afield.
Sophia is four years old and lives in Dundalk with her Mam, Catriona, Dad, Gerry and brother and sister. Sophia was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy and PVL (Periventricular Leukomalcia) of the brain just after her 2nd Birthday in 2017. She has poor trunk control, and poor balance with abnormal gait and spasticity in both her legs.
Sophia has many struggles with her balance and with walking. She has very low endurance and therefore tires a lot. Sophia’s story was brought to the public’s attention just after Christmas when her parents set up a facebook page explaining how they were hoping to raise €100,000 to send their daughter to St Louis in Missouri for a life changing operation. The first fundraiser for Sophia took place in February and in less than six months €100,000 has been raised to enable Sophia to travel to St Louis for her operation.
According to Sophia’s mother Catriona the family are so grateful for all the help they have received in raising money over the last number of months.
“It’s been a great couple of weeks for us with regards to Sophia,” explained Catriona. “First we got news that we had reached our €100,000 target and then we found out that Sophia had received a date this September for her SDR surgery in St Louis.
“Sophia will travel to St Louis, Missouri later this year and the date for her surgery is 26th September. We were on a cancellation list and when we were asked if we would like to take the slot we said yes immediately as we knew we could do so having reached our fundraising target.
“We cannot express how incredibly grateful to each and every one of you, who have organised fundraisers, helped out at fundraisers or sent us messages of support. We have had people and groups organise fundraisers for Sophia despite not knowing us or her which has been really touching,” stated Sophia.
“Everybody who has helped has ensured our daughter will get an opportunity to improve her life and her future living with Cerebral Palsy and for that we will always be forever grateful.
“We started this journey just before Christmas when we tentatively started up a facebook page. The end goal seemed like such a long way away at that stage but thanks to the support of so many people we have reached our target in a matter of months. We know there is still a long road ahead of us but we are so happy that we are able to give Sophia a chance of a better standard of life thanks to this operation,” added Catriona.

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