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A mysterious condition has left a three-year-old from Cheshire unable to walk or talk

A mysterious condition has left a three-year-old from Cheshire unable to walk or talk.

Ryder Morton from Runcorn seemed like a happy, healthy baby following his birth in December 2017.

The tot weighed almost nine pounds, but by the age of six months, it became clear that he was not hitting his milestones.

Ryder was diagnosed with Global Development Delay.

Now aged-three, he can sit for a couple of minutes unaided, but cannot crawl, walk or talk.

In spite of a numerous tests, his diagnosis remains unclear. His family are currently awaiting the results of genetic tests.

Mum Sarah, 34, a waitress said: “We are now fundraising for specialised physiotherapy which we hope will allow Ryder to stand and help him gain core strength. But it is not funded by the NHS and costs almost £7,000 for a 12-month course.”

The family has already raised almost £3,500, and needs to raise a similar amount by July to cover the cost of the treatment.

The Marvel Superhero Series – Find your Power Challenge is a countrywide disability sports event which encourages people to set their own challenges – from 100 metres to 1,000 km or more – and complete them however they want, when they want, between May 29 and June 5.

The event is usually a mass participation event taking place at Dorney Lake in Windsor, one of the main sites featured in the 2012 London Olympics. However, it is continuing its ‘At Home’ theme for a second year, due to the pandemic.

Even once the treatment is paid for, the family will continue to fundraise for ramps for the house for Ryder’s wheelchair, and eventually a sensory room.

The family are supported by children’s charity Tree of Hope who are also a named charity partner of the Marvel Superhero Series for a third year running.

Tree of Hope help families fundraise for children like Ryder with healthcare needs and provides charity status to benefit from gift aid, corporate support whilst also providing donor reassurance.

Tree of Hope CEO Gill Gibb said: “We are delighted to be supporting Ryder and his family and wish them all the best in their continued fundraising.”

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