SHE should have been celebrating her son Ryan Golding’s fourth birthday.
Instead mum Zoe Ward found herself being told by her doctors her boy had an illness which could see him dead by the age of 20.
Now Zoe and her colleagues at IT Alliance, on Rockingham Street, Sheffield, have launched a £15,000 campaign to buy a machine which she hopes will improve little Ryan’s quality of life.
Ryan has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Zoe wants to fly him to the US to buy him a Vector machine - which uses pulses of electricity to help circulate oxygen in his body.
Zoe said: “The symptoms of his illness are things like delayed walking and delayed speech, and I thought they may have been related to a hearing problem he had. I asked the paediatrician to have a look at him, and he had tests. There are no words to describe how I felt when he was diagnosed - it was my worst nightmare and I felt like I couldn’t breathe.
“I was told there is no cure. I want to do all I can to prevent the onset of the symptoms, and that was how I found out about the machine.
“I was also told to just go home and enjoy my son while I could. That wasn’t an option - I want to help him.
“We’ve set a £15,000 target, and trying to help him is the only way I sleep at night, trying to do something for Ryan.”
Zoe’s workmates Dale Walton and Jon Rayner are taking on the Three Peaks Challenge for Ryan in June, and seeking sponsors.
And Zoe, aged 31, of The Potteries, Rossington, Doncaster, and her colleagues are appealing for raffle prizes for events they are organising.
Call Zoe on 07921 503 876, Dale on 07525 058 385 or Jon on 07894 751 824, and log onto www.ryansrainbow.co.uk for more details of events or to sponsor them.