Jump for cause close to his heart

Callum and his dad, Paul after the skydive. DERR2403SJ10
Callum and his dad, Paul after the skydive. DERR2403SJ10

Limavady man Paul McCorriston is still on a high after a fundraising skydive for a cause close to his heart, writes Sheena Jackson.

Paul raised £940 for Muscular Dystrophy UK through the jump, conducted through Skydive Wild Geese in Garvagh.

Paul during his skydive. DERR2403SJ11

Paul during his skydive. DERR2403SJ11

Paul knows only too well the importance of research into the muscle wasting disease as his five-year-old son, Callum Smith, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

“The adrenaline is still coursing through my body. It was a fantastic day. I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me for this worthy cause,” Paul said on his Facebook page.

Paul and Callum’s mum, Laura, say their son could benefit from

a treatment called Translarna, however Laura said such is the nature of the condition, time can’t be wasted.

The couple are pinning their hopes on their application to avail of individual treatment for Translarna, especially since Callum was recently prescribed heart medication.

“We really can’t afford to wait,” said Laura, but we’re still waiting for the application proces to open. It’s more crucial than ever before. Callum’s heart rate is quite high and he is now on medication, which was devastating for us because there were no indicators that there was something wrong.”

“It really is a waiting game,” said Laura. “If Callum gets the treatment it will be life changing but, wasted time is wasted muscles.”