FIGHTERS idolised by a little boy who dreams of one day becoming a sportsman are helping him in his bid to walk.
Determined Cain Burns, eight, has become an inspiration to fighters from Sunderland-based Made4theCage, who have taken to the cage to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the youngster.
The life-changing amount is going towards the £55,000 needed to send Cain, who has cerebral palsy, across the Atlantic for an operation which could see him walk for the first time in his life.
Steven Scott, who runs fight management and promotion company Made4theCage with Dale Percival, says their fighters have felt spurred on by Cain’s passion for their sport.
“He’s become a real inspiration to them,” said Steven who regularly hosts fights at Rainton Meadows Arena.
“Cain is a big MMA fan. He really loves Colin ‘The Freakshow’ Fletcher and he says he can’t wait for the day he can train for MMA.
“We first got involved with his cause about seven or eight shows ago and he regularly comes along to the fights. Since then we’ve made a point of fund-raising for him, whether it be through raffles or donations.” Cain was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 18 months old. The illness means he has never been able to walk, has reduced co-ordination in his arms, is on constant painkillers and has to use a wheelchair.
Once Cain has reached his target, his family will use it to pay for a pioneering operation called SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy).
l To donate to Cain’s cause, visit www.justgiving.com/cainsdreamtowalk