This is Sacha. He has a rare genetic disorder called 2q37 deletion syndrome. This means he is likely to grow up with cognitive disabilities and physical difficulties.
DNA need not always be destiny. If one intervenes in the right way—and early enough in a child’s development—it is possible to substantially improve prospects. This is because there are lots of environmental factors that affect the way our genetic predispositions actually play out, and because the brain is at its most plastic in the early years.
Though the services of the cash-strapped NHS are invaluable, what is available to Sacha is too little and too infrequent to make a real difference. We are thus fundraising to cover early interventions on both physical and cognitive levels, in the hope that action now will help minimise some of the more disabling effects of Sacha's condition.
Anything we can raise beyond what is needed to cover the costs of early intervention for Sacha will be donated to charities that will provide it to other children in similar circumstances.
For more information on Sacha, 2q37, and to see how funds will be spent, please visit Sacha's web page.