King Henry throws weight behind fundraiser for ‘little angel’ with rare illness
Fancy getting your hands on a special signed jersey of King Henry and a pair of boots signed by the Kilkenny legend and help a young boy with a rare illness at the same time?
Now you can!
Ten-time All-Ireland winner and arguably the greatest hurler of all-time, Ballyhale’s Henry Shefflin is donating a special edition, signed Kilkenny jersey displaying the years of Henry’s All-Ireland wins on it, as well as a signed pair of Puma King boots, the same as Henry wore when he prowled fields the length and breadth of the country for the “Do It For Dan” campaign.
One-year-old Dan Donoher, the son of former Laois footballers Niall and Aisling Donoher, was diagnosed with the extremely rare and difficult to treat Severe Type 1 SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) shortly before Christmas.
Early in March, the couple launched an online fundraising campaign in an effort to raise €2 milllion for a groundbreaking new treatment which could change Dan’s life forever.
A treatment called Zolgensma has recently become available in America, but is the world’s most expensive treatment for any condition and costs $2.125m. Until Zolgensma was developed, there was no cure for type 1 SMA.
The rare illness attacks the muscles needed for swallowing, speaking and breathing and leaves the patient needing constant ventilator support.
Just this week, Dan’s parents announced their GOFUNDME campaign cracked €1 million (€1.3million) and now King Henry has gotten on board to kick start the next million.
In a post on Twitter Henry said: “I’m donating a signed special edition Kilkenny jersey, with the 10 All Ireland wins printed on it, aswell as a signed pair of Puma King boots to raise money for this little Angel Dan Donoher #doitfordan @DoItForDan201 random winner picked next week.”