COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For any family there’s nothing better than seeing their children grow up healthy. That's not the case for a local family in the Springs. Their son is one of nearly 500,000 children diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy. KRDO News Channel 13's Cinthia Maldonado tells us about a boy whose wish is simply to walk.
His name is Sonny! His family reached out and told us he needs a life changing surgery; one that will help him become a normal kid. Unfortunately, the funds must come out of pocket so they're asking the community for a helping hand.
"I want to walk!” Sonny is 3 and although he can barely make sense of life he knows his legs don't work right.
"Sonny has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy," explains his mother Shannon Burgos.
"Seeing your 3-year-old being able to comprehend that something is different about himself is heart breaking," says Shannon.
He's already endured many challenges —one of them getting around. Because he can't walk his siblings get down on his level crawling alongside him.
"To have him walk would just be a dream." A dream that has been crushed by their insurance who refuses to pay for a $35,000 dollar surgery.
"The pain that we felt as parents to know that the insurance company didn't see the importance in it and how it would impact sonny's life was really hard," says Shannon.
So now they're asking the community for help. "We are trying to raise nearly $40,000 dollars to pay for the surgery on our own. The deadline we are trying to reach is November 5th."
Which means Sonny’s chances of walking may just come true by Christmas time.
You can also contact directly Shannon Burgos at 720-755-3796 or/at firstname.lastname@example.org.