Dad aims to make son’s Disney World dream come true

Four year old Kane Smith has just been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, pictured with his dad Martin Smith. (h212a427)
Four year old Kane Smith has just been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, pictured with his dad Martin Smith. (h212a427)

A devoted dad who wants to raise £10,000 to take his young son – who has a life-shortening condition – to Disney World is stepping up his campaign.

Little Kane Smith, five, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most severe form of the genetic disorder, last year.

His dad Martin, 31, of Holly Bank, Hemsworth, is hoping to raise enough money to take Kane, his older sister Ka-sey, eight, and his mum Julie Kinder to the Florida theme park before Kane’s health deteriorates.

He has started a campaign called ‘donate don’t dump’ - which asks people to give their unwanted items so he can sell them to raise extra funds.

Mr Smith said: “It’s coming upto the time when people have a clear out and want to get rid of unwanted items.

“We need toys, ornaments, electricals, clothes, anything that people don’t want any more so we can raise money to take my little boy on a trip of a lifetime.

“So far we have raised £2,500 but it would mean everything to Kane to get to visit Disney World - he’s never been abroad before.”

Kane’s incurable condition means he wi l l be wheelchair-bound before he reaches his teens and is only expected to live until his 20s.

He is currently on a steroid trial and has just got a wheelchair and leg splints to try and slow down the effects of the condition.

Mr Smith added: “We need to go on this trip sooner rather than later because it’s just going to get harder.

“It means everything to me to make these memories while we still can.”

For more information or to donate visit www.facebook.com/groups/justkane/