Community support is building to help raise money for a brave two-year-old boy whose condition is so complex and unique, there is no specific diagnosis.
Aidan Jackowiak Smith has captured the hearts of Gazette readers after we told last week of his ordeal.
The courageous Shilbottle tot was born with swelling to his face, neck and ear, and had one foot much larger than the other.
He was also suffering seizures and developed swelling on his back.
More than two years on, and medical experts are still unable to put their finger on Aidan’s health problems.
The youngster, who suffers epilepsy, is due to undergo surgery later this year, including an operation to try to reduce the swelling on his face.
A number of fund-raising events were already lined up to help support his forthcoming trips to hospital.
But after last week’s story, support from the community has grown, with donations flooding in and other fund-raisers being planned.
And his parents, Vikki Jackowiak and Karl Smith, say they are overwhelmed.
“The response has been really positive. Some people have been giving donations and friends I went to school with have been in touch via Facebook,” said Vikki.
Since the story last week, tickets for a fund-raising event at Alnwick Working Men’s Club at the start of June have sold out.
After reading about Aidan – who has an older brother Daniel Jackowiak – staff at Alnwick’s Rainbow Day Nursery have agreed to hold their annual sponsored toddle in aid of the youngster. It will take place on May 30 at Hulne Park from 3pm.
It is open to all and donations can be handed into the nursery on the day.
The Yorkshire Building Society’s Alnwick branch is supporting the cause with a number of fund-raisers planned, including a raffle, which will be drawn on May 22 in the Bondgate Within office.
Tickets, £1 and available from the branch, have been selling well. A fund for Aidan has been set up and donations can be made at the branch.