Friends from across Europe unite to help save legs of little Victoria Komada
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A group of friends from Poland and the UK are banding together to help the family of a Norwich girl in their mission to raise £300,000 and save her legs from amputation.
Victoria Komada was born with an extremely rare deformity - bilateral tibial hemimilia - which can affect one in every million births. While doctors in the UK cannot operate, her parents found a specialist in America who can help, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
With a deadline looming on her second birthday in June, the group of friends are taking on the Three Peaks challenge in a bid to raise £5,000 for the total.
Monika Jablonska, 37, said she knows Victoria's dad, Dariusz after working for the same recruitment company.
'It was not an easy decision to do the Three Peaks challenge, especially being a mum but I always wanted to do it,' she said. 'I believe things happen for the reason. 'When making decision on my commitment I heard a song in the TV. It was a polish song by the singer Anna Jantar who was singing about 'how difficult it is to do the first step,'
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'It applies to everyone in our lifetime making decisions and commitments, however how difficult it must be for little Victoria who can not make physically any steps without her legs being treated.'
The challenge will take place on June 11 and 12 of this year. Each member is training individually, but group training sessions are also being held weekly, run by Ascend Adventure.
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The team hope to raise £5,000 by asking each member to raise £500.
With money flooding in for the cause, one of the latest groups to donate has been the resident nuns of the Carmelite Monastery at Quidenham, sending the family £700 towards the surgery.
Victoria will turn two on June 22, after which the operation becomes more difficult.
Mr Komada said: 'It is so hard when you see kids the same age as Victoria who can walk and do everything. It is very hard for us, and sometimes I cry because she wants to but she can't.
'After the operation she would be able to walk like a normal person. She could run, she could walk, use a bike, swim, and do everything.'
To donate to the team visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/24hour-pick-challenge.