AN Intake grandad has thanked the community for helping to fund medical treatment in the US which has given his grandson a completely new lease of life.
Four-year-old Ryan Golding suffers from a devastating form of muscular dystrophy and his condition was already causing him serious problems with mobility.
But, earlier this year, his family launched the Ryan’s Rainbow appeal to raise money to pay for the youngster and his mum Zoeann to fly to Texas to buy a Vecttor machine, which helps circulate oxygen in his body.
They recently returned from the ten-day trip to an American hospital, where they bought the machine and learned how to use it.
Ryan’s grandad Bill, of Evelyn Avenue, and his wife Carol have been overwhelmed by the positive change in Ryan since he came back from the States.
Bill, 58, said: “I’ve never seen him run before and we could hardly stop him. It was really wonderful to see what a difference the machine makes to his ability to get around.
“Being linked up to it doesn’t bother him at all. His dad - Lee - told him to choose a DVD and he just sat down while the machine was working. He’s dealt with everything really well.”
A recent fund-raising event at Intake Social Club raised £1,870 for the appeal - all of the performers on the night gave up their time for free.
Bill added: “I just can’t get over the response from the community. Everyone has been so generous. People in Intake and at the club have been fantastic. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone on the committee.”
Ryan’s family set out to raise £15,000 in March this year and have already raised more than £20,000. Supporters plan to continue to raise funds as Ryan is likely to need further specialist equipment in the future.
Ryan, of New Rossington, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which means he could be in a wheelchair by the time he is 12. For more information, visit www.ryansrainbow.co.uk.