BUBBLY Curtis Jackson laughs and jokes showing off his infectious smile – but all he really wants is to be able to ride a bike and play like his friends.
The confident five-year-old was diagnosed with cerebral palsy around the time of his first birthday – a condition which affects his right side and stops him from running, riding a bike or scooter or playing football.
The Lynnfield Primary School pupil has to often wear splints, which he says he “absolutely hates”.
But now, a campaign is underway to raise between £70,000 and £75,000 to send Curtis to America for pioneering treatment which will transform his life.
“I just want to be able to ride my bike with my friends and play like they do,” said little Curtis.
Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to a section of the brain which causes movement disorders.
Curtis can’t put his right foot flat on the floor, caused by intense muscle tightness because of the condition which results in him only being able to walk slowly and affecting other movements and his balance.
The treatment in America will involve heel cord lengthening and other intricate operations which will help to straighten Curtis’s foot.
You wouldn’t guess Curtis was suffering with the problems as the positive youngster laughs, smiles, jokes and talks about what he does at school.
But his parents, Aimee Jackson, 22, and Dean Wilmot, 25, who are both unemployed, will never forget the day they were sat down and told the diagnosis.
“It was horrible,” said Aimee, who lives in Sheriff Street and is also a mum of one-year-old Yasmin Jackson.
“I just broke down and started crying.
“We thought something might be wrong so he had been for some tests, but obviously when they tell you that you immediately just fear the worst because I knew nothing about cerebral palsy.”
Aimee has spent years studying the condition and read about the pioneering treatment to help Curtis over the pond.
“I just want him to be able to play with his friends and do what all of the other boys his age can do,” she added.
“He can’t ride a bike, can’t go on a scooter, can’t play football or go on a climbing frame without us there with him.
“It’s just frustrating for him.
“His attitude is amazing and he’s so positive, we’re so proud of him.
“I know it’s a huge amount to raise but I am going to do everything I can and we’ve already had some brilliant support from all of our family and friends.”
Aimee has set up a Facebook page where people can join the fundraising campaign and get in touch by visiting www.facebook.com/CurtisWilmotJacksonsendMeToAmerica.