Help Kacey Be pain free

I am running this fundraiser on behalf of  Ethel Blackburn (mother of Kacey) and the Blackburn family, New Row Raphoe, Co. Donegal.

In November 2019, my friend’s daughter Kacey was diagnosed with Idiopathic Scoliosis and was referred to a specialist in Dublin.  Little did the family know how much this would change their daughter’s life.  Idiopathic Scoliosis can occur in adolescents who go through a growth spurt in early teens, which is exactly what happened to Kacey that year.  In January 2020 the family received a letter to say that the waiting list time would be one year for an initial consultation.  Due to the pain that Kacey was going through the family decided to go for a private consultation. Scoliosis was something they had heard off but didn’t know a lot about and had NO idea what lay ahead for Kacey.  She has 2 curves in her spine which are progressing daily.  She is currently in a lot of pain and is on daily medication to help ease this. I have known Kacey from birth and growing up Kacey loved sport, was extremely active playing football, swimming and all the activities that children enjoy. Unfortunately, In the Spring of 2019 Kacey had to give up her beloved soccer which she played in the Boys/Girls leagues due to the pain.  Presently, Kacey’s mobility is limited, she is unable to run, can only walk short distances and is unable to sit or stand for any period of time without taking pain relief.  As you can imagine, watching your child in pain daily is just heart-breaking.  At the moment the only option available to Kacey is to have VBT spinal surgery and the family have made the huge decision to take Kacey abroad for this surgery in Turkey. This will be life changing for Kacey.

Due to Kacey’s growth and age, she requires this surgery urgently. Surgery is scheduled for May 2021. I am setting up this page to help the family raise the much-needed funds. The family have incurred significant medical expenses to date and are now faced with a challenge in which they need our help.  Kacey requires a double row, double curve spinal surgery.  The overall cost will be around €65,000.  Please help in any way you can to give this beautiful young teenager her life back. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this and your support, it is very much appreciated.

Sharon McColgan.


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Sharon Mc Colgan 
Raised €2,963 from 57 donations
Raphoe, County Donegal
Ethel Blackburn 
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