FRIENDS and family of a little boy with a rare life-threatening illness laced up their walking shoes to raise cash to fund a cure for his condition.
Three-year-old Aidan McClellan could be forced to use a wheelchair by the time he is six and could die before he reaches his twenties if a cure is not found for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The youngster, from Irby , was diagnosed with the condition in August last year and parents Joe and Caroline were left devastated.
The disease, which only affects boys, causes muscle degeneration which worsens with age, but leaves the mind unscathed – meaning Aidan will be fully aware of what is happening as his health deteriorates.
Caroline, 37, said: “Despite everything, Aidan is doing really, really well.
“He loves school and his latest check-up at the hospital showed there had been no further degeneration, which was fantastic.
“But time is running out and we need to find a cure for this disease as soon as we can, to save Aidan and other little boys in his position.”
Caroline and Joe, joined by 30 friends and family members, held a sponsored walk around Liverpool last weekend and raised more than £1,000.
The couple, who braved the rain to take on the eight-mile trek through the city centre, Kensington, Old Swan and Tuebrook, also handed out petitions raising awareness of the condition.
Caroline said: “It was a fantastic day and Aidan loved meeting everyone. We’re already planning the next events because this one went so well.”