Seven days ago, John and Audrey Pitt uploaded a fundraiser for their five-year-old Luke, whose rare condition (CPT-Congenital pseudarthrosis of tibia which is a complication of the genetic disorder Neurofibromatosis, Type 1) meant he needed to fly to the US for medical procedures totalling a whopping €67,000 goal. Luke’s condition is a 1-in-250,000 disorder that most people told his parents could only lead to amputation… and while the alternative’s price is as hefty an amount as they come, some classic Maltese generosity managed to come through and make some dreams come true.
Less than two days after launching A Better Life For Luke and the accompanying fundraising website, Luke’s parents took to social media yesterday to announce the great news: they had managed to raise the full amount!
“We are beyond overwhelmed with the love and support,” John and Audrey wrote. “We are so happy that we found the courage to share our beautiful story, and Thank You for empowering us to reach out for your kind help.”
As Luke’s story started being shared all over Maltese social media – even making it to pretty much ever news portal – the seemingly unacheivable number quickly started becoming more and more possible thanks to the generosity of thousands of people.
On the morning of 24th June (one day after the Pitts had first posted about their story) the amount of funds raised was €13,974. In just a couple of hours, that number had practically doubled, to €26,384. Then, a mere day later, it skyrocketed up to €67,000 as the target was reached… all in just over two days.
“Much much love from all of us,” the Pitt family wrote on Tuesday night. “We will keep you posted with our children’s progress.”
Here’s hoping Luke’s operation is successful. We’re all behind you little guy!