When Cain Burns was born the doctors told his parents he would never walk because he had cerebral palsy.
He has never known the exhilaration of playing football with his friends, never experienced the joy just running around playing catch-me games, or even ridden a pushbike.
But that could all change for the seven-year-old from North Shields thanks to the soft hearts of some of the toughest people in the region.
After hearing of a live changing operation that could help Cain not only walk but run, the North East fight scene has joined forces in a bid to raise the necessary £55,000 to send him to the United States.
Cain’s dad Chris said: “It’s amazing but they managed to raise around £20,000 so far across the fight world to help send Cain for the operation.
“Not only that, but their generosity has also seen him “adopted” by some of the biggest names in the fight and fitness scene.
“Cain was born with cerebral palsy and has never had the chance to walk. He is now seven-years-old and has never done the things that other children just take for granted. We want our son to have the best life possible so he can enjoy life to the full.”
With Chris, of Whitehouse Lane, North Shields, training in martial arts the word quickly spread across the North East fight scene about the remarkable campaign to raise enough money to pay for the operation in the USA.
Big fight shows such as Sunderland based Made-4-The-Cage, North Tyneside’s Fight Fest, and Pride & Glory all sprang into action to raise cash for the appeal. They have been joined by UFC fighters Andy Ogle, Colin “The Freakshow” Fletcher and Philip de Fries.
They were was joined by other cage fighting events such as Bad Intentions and Inferno Fighting Championships, Ashington, as well as submission wrestling event Sub 7 and Alex Enlund’s Sixth Sense MMA gym as well as Jordan’s Snooker Hall, Heworth, and boxing and fitness gym Vision owner Mark Clauzel.
Chris said: “Mark Clauzel, for example, is paying out of his own pocket for two sessions per month for Cain to go to physiotherapy to strengthen his legs to ready him for the operation. Because he has never walked his legs are very weak but need to be strengthened so after the operation he can begin the physio to help him walk again.
“The children who have this operation can lead a full active life and in most cases can walk almost normally. This will give him a new lease of life and all Cain ever talks about are the martial arts. He adores Colin “The Freakshow” Fletcher and thinks the sun shines out of fighters such as Andy Ogle and Philip de Fries.
“My cousin Darren Wardle he introduced us to Alex Enlund and it just spread out rapidly from there until the appeal was being picked up by all the big shows and fighters big and small.”
The next event to fund raise for Cain is Pride & Glory’ Battle in Benton.
The event is being held in Innisfree Social Club, Longbenton on April 27th from 6.30pm. Tickets can be bought by phoning 07946 314085.
Editor’s notes: Chris is available for interview 07803 515126 or contacting Maverick Media & Media on 0191 4146375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The North East is the centre of the fight scene in the UK.
This is why all the top shows such as BAMMA, the UFC etc come here to do shows. Every month thousands of fight fans go to shows across the region, which also has the highest percentage of top fighters on top shows.
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