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Pigeon fanciers of Malta launch large-scale campaigns for charity

In Malta, several pigeon fanciers went into action to help little boy Thiago, who turns 4 in April and suffers from the disease DMD, a form of muscular dystrophy, to undergo a new treatment that for now is only available in the US.

Thiago is the relative of one of the pigeon fanciers in Malta, which prompted the local pigeon community to actively support the many actions to raise money for Thiago's treatment. Thiago will have to travel to the US for this new treatment, a gene therapy called Elevidys, and the likely total cost of this venture is estimated at $3.2M or almost 3 million euros...

Maltese fanciers have already organised several actions to raise funds by offering pigeons for sale. Other organisations are also planning actions to support this charity. On the Facebook page Thiago's Journey, you can closely follow the story of Thiago, his family and the many actions set up for him recently.

There we can also read how Thiago's family is currently experiencing this and how they hope to make the seemingly impossible come true with the support of a large community:

As I write this, my heart is both heavy but also hopeful. Heavy, because as our little boy, Thiago approaches his 4th birthday this April, a milestone that should be filled with dreams of starting school and playing football, we are facing a reality very different from these simple joys. Thiago has been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, we are still waiting for genetic tests to confirm the type, but the likelihood is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder that gradually weakens the body's muscles. DMD is a cruel thief of mobility and life, slowly stealing away the strength of children, leaving them wheelchair-bound and drastically shortening their lifespan. This diagnosis has not only changed Thiago's path but has also placed a massive challenge in front of us.

With this heartache, there's also a glimmer of hope – a new, recently approved treatment with the potential to change Thiago's life. But here's where our hearts sink again, this treatment comes with a price tag of 3.2 million dollars. Plus additional costs for medications, equipment, and the ongoing care Thiago will need. This is sadly the cost of my little boy's life – a price so steep it feels impossible.

I created this page, not just to share the story of our struggles. It's a call for those who believe in the power of community and the strength of collective action. We're not just raising awareness, but we want to build a movement of support for Thiago, whose life and future hang in the balance of what we can achieve together.

Your kindness, your support, and your voice can make a massive difference. Whether it's Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or another form of this condition, the road ahead is full of challenges. But I believe that together, there is hope, love, and potentially life-changing treatment for Thiago.

Please follow our journey. Follow our story, share our posts, and if you can, contribute to our cause in whatever way possible. Every share expands the support, every donation, no matter the size, brings us one step closer to a miracle. This is about more than just funding, it's about showing that in the face of such difficulty, humanity's capacity for kindness is endless.

Let's prove that when faced with the might of a community united for a cause, miracles can happen.

With hope & gratitude,

Thiago's Family

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