A brave two-year-old is battling a genetic disorder which is so rare she is thought to be the only known case in the world.
Piper McCormack as a very rare chromosome disease which has meant she has severe development delay.
At an age when most toddlers are keeping parents on their toes due to their walking and running, Piper has just started crawling.
Now her mum and dad Joe 29 and Georgia, 27, are coming to terms with her condition and fundraising for vital adaptations she will need to make her life easier.
Joe said: “Piper is coming up to her third year in life and she suffers from two very rare genetic disorders, which affect chromosome 2 and 7. She also has severe Scoliosis.
“She is currently the only person in the world that suffers from this disorder, so the future for Piper is unknown.
“Piper is nearly three but she is like an eight month old baby. “We didn’t know until she was four or five months old an d started showing the symptoms.
“Piper suffers from global development delay and is unable to walk or talk and in result of these disorders we have been in and out of hospital all her life with different illnesses, yet she continues to take it all in her stride and defy expectations.
“We are trying to raise enough money to fund a number of adaptations to our home .
The main one being a lift that will allow Piper to be able to get up and down the stairs safely in her wheelchair. Getting Piper up and down the stairs is proving difficult as she is continuing to grow, so a lift would be a huge help and would eliminate any falls.”
The family have set up a Justgiving page for Piper and there are several fundraising events in the pipeline.
Joe plays in goal for Ollerton Town who are playing a friendly against Sherwood FC on Friday July 13 will all proceeds going towards her funds.
A spokesman for the club said: “As Joey has previously played for Sherwood and is good friends with their manager Wayne Savage, it seemed appropriate that we choose this fixture to help raise money.
“A big crowd was expected already but we hope that this will now encourage more people to come down to The Lane and help an amazingly brave young girl who has had a cruel and unfair start in life.”
On Saturday 25th August, Joe and seven friends ill be cycling 85 Miles from Mansfield to Skegness to raise cash and awareness for Piper’s condition. Visit her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pipermccormack