A family with ties to Luthermuir have produced a calendar to help raise money for a Rett Syndrome charity, after their little girl was diagnosed with the condition.
The family of Eliza McKinney have created a calendar of cute doggies to help raise funds to find treatments and a possible cure for Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that affects the grey matter of the brain.
Eliza, who is three years old , is unable to stand or walk and cannot speak or use her hands purposefully.
Family member Kathleen McKinney spoke about Eliza and the condition that affects every aspect of her life.
She said: “Eliza cannot wave or point or help to dress herself or say mummy or daddy.
‘‘ Rett Syndrome affects one in 12,000 girls born worldwide.
‘‘Girls typically develop normally until around the age of one when they start to lose the skills they have learned and fail to reach any further milestones.
“Eliza lives with her parents, Ross and Catherine, and was a beautiful, happy, healthy and contented baby, but now at three years of age Rett has stolen so many things from her.
‘‘She would love to be able to play with her big brother and little sister but is unable to join in their fun.
“Rett Syndrome has been proven to be curable in a lab and scientists are working on research to find a potential cure.
‘‘Eliza’s aunt and uncle have kindly produced a very cute calendar of their Lomondhills Labradoodles.
“Funds from the sale of these calendars will go to Reverse Rett to fund further research.”
If you would like to order a calendar, priced at £10 each, just contact Gordon or Kathleen McKinney on 01674 840229.