The kindness of others and the opportunity to battle it out in a sand castle building competition have helped 2-year-old McTare Rankine take his own steps.
Cayman charity Random Acts of Kindness (ARK) hosted the sand castle competition in June to raise money for McTare, who suffers from Infantile Blounts disease, a medical condition that affects bone growth and leads to bowed legs.
McTare will need leg braces for three years. The braces cost $4,000 and have now been fitted and adjusted.
More than $1,000 was raised through the sand castle competition, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman hosted a bake sale to raise $500, and the remaining $2,500 was donated by local businesses, including Maples, Trident Trust and private and corporate sponsors.
ARK founder Tara Nielsen said the braces “have been a tremendous blessing to the family” who found the financial strain and burden overwhelming.
McTare’s family, which has two children with medical needs, expressed thanks to everyone who donated.