HUNDREDS of Wiganers are gearing up to help send a cancer-stricken infant for treatment.
People throughout the borough are rallying behind three-year-old Braiden Lee Prescott who is in need of life-saving treatment in the US.
David and Julie Dandy, from Platt Bridge, have now organised a charity run with the town’s scooter, motorbike and car drivers to Blackpool after they heard about little Braiden, from Leigh, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma and is scheduled to go to America in December.
News of the event has reached many societies and groups in Wigan and 37-year-old Julie estimates there will be more than 400 participants taking part in the challenge.
Julie said: “We want to raise as much as we possibly can towards the £200,000 target to get this little boy to America.
“My heart goes out to the family.
“Our two boys, Ethan and Leon who are only eight and nine years old, went missing a few weeks back and I was overwhelmed by how much support people gave me through that difficult time until they were found safe and sound.
“I just wanted to show the same support and let them know that they are not alone.
“The more hands there is then the more money we raise!”
Another participant, Stephen Sumner, is doing everything he can to help raise funds to save Braiden as his own son, Ryan, died of a brain tumour in 2009 aged just 15 years old after doctors said they couldn’t operate in this country.
Since then, Stephen joined Wigan Scooter Club to keep himself busy.
Stephen, 44, said: “I don’t know the little boy or his family but I wanted to do anything I could to help raise money for his treatment.”
The ride is being supported by staff from the Iceland store in Platt Bridge.
To donate text BRLE99 to 70070. or just giving charity number 1135601.