Ben is a 10 year old boy who is the son of Lorraine & Rick Gannon. Lorraine Gannon and her colleagues at Expense Reduction Analysts are embarking on a 500 mile cycle event to raise funds for equipment for Ben Gannon.
Ben has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and was born with his condition 10 weeks prematurely. Ben spent 4 weeks in intensive care and was eventually discharged home without any idea of the problems he might have. After some difficulties feeding and settling Ben was diagnosed at 4 months with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Ben is mainly wheelchair bound but he can use his legs. Otherwise Ben is very friendly chatty and sociable boy. Ben has had many operations and therapy to help him, over the years. Ben had a massive operation back in 2011 on his back to reduce his spasticity, which was crippling his ability to use a walking frame and other equipment. This operation was a success in reducing his stiffness but now he has underlying weakness. Intense physiotherapy and some new equipment are needed to take him to the next level.
The funds raised will be put towards a new walking frame (not provided by NHS), potentially a bike and/or walking bike, specialist glasses (not provided by NHS) and additional physiotherapy sessions over his one per week NHS physiotherapy session. All of this will cost over £7,000.00.