AN OVERJOYED mum has praised the Hartlepool Mail for helping her reach a magical milestone on a fundraising campaign.
Katy Million, 31, is now ten per cent of the way to the £30,000 she needs for her three-year-old son Alex to head to the USA for life-changing surgery.
The Greatham mum, who works at the KFC Wolviston restaurant, last appeared in the Mail at the end of July when we told how Alex was living with a condition so rare that it affects only one in every 6,000 people.
Alex was born with two linked conditions. One is called microtia which means his external ear is under-developed. He also has atresia, which means he doesn’t have an external ear canal.
In our last story, we told how Katy had launched a campaign called Ear For Alex to get Alex to America to see the specialist surgeon John Reinisch.
He has developed the Medpor method of ear reconstruction specifically for the treatment of microtia.
In July the fundraising total stood at £2,830, but publicity has helped it soar to more than £3,100 and Katy said: “It is totally awesome and it is thanks to that article.
“Since then, I have had people coming up to me in KFC and saying they recognise me, even when I have got my hat on!
“I have got 219 likes on my Facebook page which is 100 more than it was before the article.
“And everyone is sending me messages and they are all really positive.”
Further events are on the way to raise money for Alex. The Smiths Arms, in Greatham, has promised to hold a charity night and the Bull and Dog pub will be holding a karaoke night, both on dates to be confirmed.
Mum-of-one Katy has set up a website where people can find out more about the condition affecting her son.
It is available at www.earforalex.co.uk and people can also make donations to the cause via collection boxes which have been set up in the post office at Greatham and in the Bull and Dog pub in the village.