One of little Rory Gallagher’s dreams came true when he became a fireman for the day while visiting Townsend Street Station in Dublin. Now, the Dublin Fire Brigade are hoping to help Rory achieve a much bigger goal; being able to walk independently.
Rory Gallagher (4) from Sligo was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at eight months old and his family were told he’d never walk or talk.
His family are now trying to raise €80,000 for at least two major surgeries in the US in the coming months which may enable Rory to walk independently.
Dublin Fire Brigade took part in a street collection last week and raised €6,075 towards this goal.
Rory's mother, Shauna, couldn't believe the effort and kindness from station officer David Connolly and all his crew.
She said: “When Dave made contact on Tuesday to say they had raised over €6,000 I couldn’t take it in. I just was flabbergasted. A massive, massive help.
“The fire brigade coming behind our little boy. To think there is that much heart [is incredible].”
The Gallaghers are selling their family home to pay Rory's medical costs.'Determined'
Shauna told Independent.ie
: “One thing that I can say about Rory is that he is very determined, he is very happy and he is full of hope.”
“Massive surgery last year was a huge success. He went over there with a very, very tight body full of spasticity. He was waking at night for two or three hours in pain. All that is gone.
“Since the surgery, his legs no longer scissors and he has been toilet trained. Things we thought would never be possible are all now possible."I have no doubt that if he gets his surgeries at the right time that Rory is going to walk independently into school in two years’ time,” she added.
It has been a long journey for Shauna, her husband Gerry, Rory and his siblings Lily and Kyle, however they still have a while to go. They are €35,000 short in their bid to get these life changing surgeries for their child.
"The surgeries will change little Rory's life... if people can get behind me to help me give my little boy the life I think he deserves, it will mean everything to me."
You can donate to little Rory’s fund here or on their Facebook page here