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I just want to give my mum a big hug.

Byline: Abbie Wightwick Reporter abbie.wightwick@walesonline.co.uk

TEENAGER Cam Davies is look-look ing forward to hugging his mother again after Cardiand Swansea fans laid down their football rivalry to help him.

e 13-year-old Swans fan was born with the degenerative condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy and his arm muscles are now so weak he can now only hug mother Lisa if she lifts his arms up for him.

Like other teenagers, Cam also loves cheering on his team, known as e Jacks, and playing football on his Xbox but is nding it harder to do either because the strength in his arms and hands is deteriorating.

e young Swans season ticketholder from Skewen needs PS2,000 to buy a special arm rest for his wheelchair, as the adaptation doesn't come as standard on the NHS.

He says he doesn't mind asking for a cuddle but he'd love just to give one.

"I'm 13 but I don't mind admitting I want to give my mum hugs. I like hugging my ve-year-old sister Daisie, too, but I prefer hugging my mum," he said.

"is arm rest will help me hug my mum and it will make using the remote on my Xbox easier."

His uncle and fellow Jack, Nick Johnson, 45, aims to raise the cash on a tough 12-mile mud challenge this weekend and rival football fans have rallied to help.

Since Nick set up a Just Giving page for his Cameron's Jack Army team to do the Tough Mudder Challenge in Cirencester next weekend Swans and Bluebirds have put aside their rivalry to donate cash to help the young Swansea fan.

Cam's single mother Lisa, who works for a housing association, says they're both longing for a spontaneous hug again.

"People take cuddles for granted. ey are so easily given, but not for Cam," she said.

"He says 'Mum, give me a cuddle' and I put his arms around my neck. At the moment I have to physically lift his arms for him to have a cuddle.

"His upper body strength is slowly declining so he can't lift his arms very high. e arm support will attach to his wheelchair to help him play his Xbox, cuddle me and even just scratch his own head. It will give him independence.

"He's Xbox-mad like any teenager, so the arm rest will also help him play with that."

" Cam, a Year Nine pupil at St Joseph's Comprehensive, Port Talbot, goes to Swansea City home and away games with his father Robert Davies.e arm rest will also help him lift a phone to his ear or have a drink unaided.

Cam's uncle Nick, a sustainability ocer at Swansea University, was delighted when fellow Swans fans encouraged Bluebirds to join in the donations on his online page.

"is is Swansea and Cardicoming together through sport, laying down their swords to help a teenager," he said.

"Cam is Jack Army and the team name we're competing under for the sponsored Tough Mudder Challenge is Cameron's Jack Army, but donations are through the roof from Cardifans," he said.

"e deterioration in Cam's arms happened over just six or seven matches. I was sitting at a match last season and waved to Cam but his mother said he can't lift his arms anymore. I had to do something.

"If he can raise his arms on his own to give his mother a hug that would be a tear-jerking moment."

Joining Nick on the Tough Mudder Challenge, one of the UK's toughest tness challenges created by British Special Forces training to test physical and mental endurance, are friends Gareth Davies, 30, and Nick Bowen, 20, a sports development ocer at Swansea University.

To support Cam visit www.just-|giving.com/yimby/CAMSJACKARMY

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Cam Davies, aged 13, with his mum Lisa. Cam, who suffers from Duchenne <Bmuscular dystrophy, is set to benefit from a special new arm rest to help him hug his mum
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