On day one of our Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire on Sunday we will be helping to raise money for the charity Ready Emmy Walk.
Emmy King is two years old. She loves playing with her big sister and spending time with her grandparents (who are life long Somerset fans). She loves everything that all children of her age love to do but Emmy is different to most two year olds.
Emmy was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia at 20 months old and has a type of brain damage called Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL).
Her Cerebral Palsy causes increased muscle tone in her legs and feet which makes them constantly stiff. This affects her balance and coordination, making simple things such as crawling and even sitting up extremely difficult. As a result, she isn’t able to stand or walk independently.
There isn’t a cure for Cerebral Palsy but there is a life changing surgery available called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). Without SDR, Emmy would face multiple orthopedic operations, Botox treatment and leg casting throughout her life and would ultimately need a wheelchair later in life. SDR is not currently funded on the NHS but Dr T.S. Park has performed over 3,000 operations in the USA.
Any money raised at Sunday’s match will go towards the costs of the surgery, travel and accommodation, post-operative intensive physiotherapy and the physiotherapy equipment she will require for her rehabilitation.
Emmy will be our special guest on Sunday and will be accompanying the Somerset and Yorkshire Captains for the toss. There will collections taking place for her throughout the day.
For more information on Ready Emmy Walk please click here