A DELIGHTED mum has praised a keen cyclist for helping her bid to send her son to America for life-changing surgery.
Cyclist Jay Perrera and his colleagues completed a 170-mile challenge to raise money for five-year-old Alex Million.
The three-day cycle ride was on the second anniversary of mum Katy Million’s appeal to raise £30,000 to pay for treatment for her son Alex.
Katy, 32, from Greatham has raised £12,000 for her Ear for Alex campaign and has vowed to carry on until her mission is accomplished.
Alex was born with microtia which is the under-development of his external ear, and aural atresia, which is a lack of an external ear canal. John Reinisch is Los Angeles-based specialist who has developed the Medpor method of ear reconstruction which treats microtia.
Electrical design engineer Jay, 35 and three friends set out from Morecambe, Lancashire, for the Way of the Roses ride, after being touched by Katy’s plea for help. He won cash backing and on-the-ground ride support from South Shields-based North East events company JC Events, for whom Katy works.
Jay said: “In the end, fundraising efforts like this will make all the difference as to when Alex goes to the States.
“I’ve no doubt at all that Katy will reach her target, but the sooner that it happens, the better for her little boy.”
Jay, who works for GSE Systems, in Princeton Drive, Stockton, was joined by pals Colin Jenkins, Don Wilson, Barry Wilson and Brian Elgie.
Alex, who attends Greatham Primary School, has a condition which affects one in every 6,000 children.
Katy said: “I am extremely grateful to Jay, his friends and JC Events for taking part in, and organising, this ride.
“All money raised will be used towards ensuring that Alex gets this incredibly important treatment that really will transform his life.
“Bit by bit we are getting there, and I won’t stop until we do.”