17 February 2012

Minister Frances Fitzgerald supports Quiz Night in Lucan Sarsfield’s G.A.A to raise funds for James Casserly

Local TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs attended Friday’s Quiz Night held in in aid of young Lucan boy, James Casserly. The extended Casserly family are currently raising funds to help James (aged 6) receive surgery in Bristol. James, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was two years old, is set to receive the innovative Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation in April and it is hoped that it will greatly improve his quality of life.

Minister Fitzgerald has been supporting the Casserly’s attempts to receive HSE funding for James from the Treatment Abroad Scheme and was thrilled when he was finally approved before Christmas. The Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) procedure will allow the spinal roots send information to the muscle, allowing the dorsal spinal roots to transmit sensations from the muscle to the spinal cord.

“It has been a tough time for the family getting James assessed for the Treatment Abroad Scheme. The Treatment Abroad Scheme is a fantastic initiative that ensures that people can avail of treatments and operations that are not yet available here. I have been awed by the support from the extended family and it is great to see all of Lucan get behind them too” said Fitzgerald.

The Quiz Night is only one of the many fundraising activities that the Casserly’s have arranged with a ‘Walk for James’ from Galway to Dublin taking place on the 14- 17th of February and night of music and craic in the Ball Alley Pub in Lucan on the 17th. All funds raised will go towards post-operative care for James.

“I have known Vicki Casserly for many years now and her whole family are known throughout Lucan for their involvement in the community. I have met James numerous times and it is always a pleasure to meet him, he is such a happy and active child and I wish him all the best for his big day in April” concluded Fitzgerald.