Max inspires mum to give something back

A MOTHER who’s son was diagnosed with a rare condition, is appealing for donations for a charity night to help out other families.

Daniella Graham’s son Max was diagnosed with craniosynostosis when he was just six months old, a condition which affects only 1 in 3,000 children.

Max, now two, developed an abnormally shaped head caused by parts of the skull fusing together to create a single piece of bone before the brain has had time to fully grow. This leads to the brain overgrowing in parts of the skull which have not fused.

He underwent a gruelling eight-hour operation at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in June last year. Mrs Graham is now looking to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House charity who provided accommodation for her, husband Rob and their other son Alfie, seven.

Mrs Graham, who lives in Riverside Drive, Weedon, said: “If it was not for the charity, only one of us could have been with Max but instead we were able to all be together.

“He is doing really well now. His development is a little bit slow, he is not quite at the same level as other two-year-olds but he is catching up. He’s growing up into a normal little boy which is great news.”

Mrs Graham has now organised a charity night at Weedon Village Hall on Saturday, October 8 from 7pm in aid of Ronald McDonald House.

There will be a raffle and auction plus a hog roast and other refreshments. Former Queen Park Rangers and Manchester City striker Rodney Marsh will also be guest speaker at the event.

Mrs Graham added: “As well as inviting people to support us on the night, we are appealing for prizes for the raffle and auction. Anyone who can help, please get in touch.”

Tickets cost £30. For more information or to donate, contact Mrs Graham on 07528 959412.