The tragic story of little John James Michalowski has touched the hearts of hundreds since The Express went to print last week.
More than £700 has been raised after donations flooded in to a Facebook page set up to help bring the tot, better known as JJ, home from hospital.
Two-year-old JJ was left paralysed from the chest down following a head-on car accident on Hemsworth Bypass in March. He suffered seven severe spinal injuries and has remained in Leeds General Infirmary ever since.
His devoted parents are aiming to raise £10k to buy specialist equipment that will support JJ to sit upright and give him back some independence.
The Express is backing the family’s fundraising bid and is calling on the community to give its support.
Mark Bradley, editor, said: “You can only imagine the anguish this family has been through in the last four months and as a newspaper we want to do all we can to try to bring them back together again soon.”
Mum, Katy Michalowska, 27, said: “JJ is doing well at the moment, but we are still unable to bring him home as the house we are currently in is not suitable. We need now to wait for the council to find us a safe, adapted house and we are continuing fundraising for the specialist equipment.
“We are amazed by all the support we have had so far. People are so kind helping our brilliant little soldier.”
A number of fundraising events for JJ are taking place in the coming months including a sponsored walk on August 23, a fun day at Moorthorpe Recreational Club on September 21 and an indoor bungee jump at The Abyss at Magna on October 4.
For more information and to donate to JJ’s cause, visit his Facebook page by searching for ‘Help Bring JJ Home’ on Facebook.