“Two year old Cavan has a specific kind of cerebral palsy, which means he cannot walk. Cavan’s family are presently fundraising through the campaign Cavan’s First Steps, to take Cavan to St Louis’ Children’s Hospital, where Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery will, in the words of the American surgeon, ‘allow him to walk unaided in all environments.’ Peninsula raised a lot of money at their annual Peninsula Care Awards last year and we will continue to support the charity throughout 2016. Hopefully people will dig deep during the Giants’ game next Monday and text donations to help Cavan’s family raise as much money as possible, so that they will get closer to their target of £80,000, a sum that will not only cover the pioneering surgery, but the intensive post-operative physiotherapy and equipment needed.”
Belfast Giant Brandon Benedict, who met Cavan last week says;
“Cavan is full of energy and fun and thoroughly enjoyed it when I took him in my arms for a spin around the ice-rink. On behalf of all the Belfast Giants, we appeal for as many people as possible to come to our last home game of the season and give as much money as they can to help this beautiful, smart little boy walk. Hopefully this time next year I’ll be teaching Cavan to skate. Now, wouldn’t that be amazing!”
Tickets for The Belfast Giants’ Game cost £16 for an adult and £9 for a child and family (2 adults, 2 children) cost £44.00 from the SSE Arena box office or by calling 02890 739074 or from www.ticketmaster.ie. Face Off is at 7pm.
Main Pic: Belfast Giant Brandon Benedict is pictured with Jonny Cook and Simon Brown from Peninsula Care Services and Emma and Cavan O’Neill to launch the ‘Cavan’s First Steps’ fundraiser at The Belfast Giants Game on Easter Monday