Trucking tycoon pledges 15k for cerebral palsy boy's life-changing surgeryCerebral palsy sufferer Theo Bishop cannot walkU.S. businessman decides to step in
Financial contribution will enable youngster to receive life-changing surgery
A California trucking tycoon has pledged 15k to enable a British youngster to fly the U.S. for life-changing surgery.
Steve Towers, 52, first read about eight-year-old Theo Bishop's plight on the Lancashire Telegraph's website.
Theo suffers from cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that can affect movement and co-ordination, and as a result he can only walk with a frame.
A California trucking tycoon has pledged 15k so that Theo Bishop (pictured) can undergo life-changing surgery, enabling him to walk for the first time
But a procedure, which can only be performed in America, will enable him to stand unaided for the first time.
After months of fundraising his family managed to raise two-thirds of the 45,000 needed but Mr Towers, owner of the Los Angeles branch of ACME haulage, decided to step in.
Originally born in Bacup, Lancashire, close to Theo’s home town of Rawtenstall, the businessman felt his contribution was a way of 'giving back' to his home town.
He said: 'Every week I check out what is going on in my home town online.
'When I came across Theo, I just thought, ‘God this kid needs a break’, so I decided to offer to pay his air fare.
Steve Towers (pictured) was touched by the plight of Theo Bishop
'Theo seems like a lovely lad and he and his family have been working really hard to get to their total.
'I left the Valley in 1982 and this is my way of giving something back.'
Theo, who lives with his mother Mandy, father Stuart, sister Jaime-Leigh, 20, and brother Thomas, 14, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 14
months old after his parents noticed he was struggling
to sit up.
Since October the youngster and his family have been desperately trying to raise the funds needed for a procedure known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), which selectively severs problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord.
Thanks to the donation Theo is now provisionally booked in for the operation in Missouri this July.
Mr Towers also plans to get other haulage firms to help the Bishops reach their target.
Mother Mandy said: 'Steve’s kindness is unbelievable. He has been so generous.
'We honestly thought it would take about a year to get to this point. The reaction we have from everyone has been amazing.
'But with Steve’s help Theo could have his dream come true even sooner than planned.'
Mr Towers added: 'I hope to do everything I can to help get Theo out to America as soon as possible.
'I am hoping that it should be within the next month to six weeks. He has waited long enough for this operation.'
It is estimated that 1 in every 400 children in the UK is affected by cerebral palsy and approximately 1,800 babies are diagnosed with the condition each year.