A FAMILY from Exeter hoping to raise £50,000 for the Stepping with Sophie appeal are taking part in next month's Great West Run.
The family are fundraising in a bid to help young Sophie Joy, three, walk again.
The team is made up of Sophie's father Daniel Case, grandmother Deborah Down and auntie Jade Down.
Sophie has battled Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy from a young age, and despite the efforts of her parents to support her with as much physio at home, she will only see her condition improve significantly with an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.
Sophie's mother Gemma was fortunate enough to stumble across the rare operation. But due to the costs involved it is not widely funded or even carried out in the UK.
The family are hoping to raise enough funds to embark on a journey to America to a hospital called St Louis Children's Hospital to pursue this operation.
Together they have already raised more than £32,000 including through Daniel's employers, The Co-operative.
Together they also plan a skydive, long distance trek, multi terrain race and numerous fun days. Visit www.stepping-with-sophie.blogspot.co.uk or www.facebook.com/SteppingWithSophie for more.
Visit www.justgiving.com/stepping-with-sophie to donate online.