Three normal guys in three classic Minis are tackling a lengthy U.S. road trip in order to change the life of a little boy named Jack. After raising half of the money required for an operation at a leading U.S. hospital, they're looking for additional donations during their tour of the Eastern U.S. Here's the scoop:
The drivers are coworkers to Jon, father of Jack, and have shipped their classic Minis from the U.K. to the U.S. for this monumental road trip. Jack and his twin brother Charlie were born eight weeks early, and though Charlie has had complications, Jack was diagnosed in 2012 with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. As a result, he wears a lycra suit for his posture, splints to help with his balance, a walker to get around and most recently has started using sticks. He also now has a wheelchair.
This operation has the potential, doctors have said, to allow Jack to walk unaided.
Originally, the trio of drivers had planned to make it to the West Coast but complications with shipping through no fault of their own have forced the group to shorten their journey a bit—they're running a few days behind schedule.
The point of all this effort is so that Jack can have the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation, a procedure to be done in St. Louis, Missouri. Family and friends have already earned half of the amount required, and now need to ask for support in order to take care of the operation, physiotherapy, and any equipment he may need. £30,000 is the big target for donations.
The easiest way to help is to share this story and connect with the team via their website or Facebook page in order to offer help during their journey with accommodations or otherwise. Even better, toss a few dollars their way.
We'll be following the team in the coming weeks and will revisit when they've reached their goal.