This is for Jack, for his family and his friends. Jack is a wonderful 4 year old boy who happens to be best friends with my son Joshua. Through a cruel twist of fate, Jack has a condition called Cystic Fibrosis, a condition I had heard of but knew little about until recently.
Because of his condition Jack is a 4 year old boy who cannot:
- Splash in puddles
- Play in a sandpit
- Dig in the soil or plant seeds
Jack is a 4 year old boy who has had to learn to deal with his condition by:
- Spending upto 45mins at time on a nebuliser (this involves sitting still for 45mins - Jack is 4!) severval times a day
- Swallowing upto 3 enzyme capsules (in one go without water) before any meal or snack.
Cystic Fibrosis has many forms but the average life expectancy for people with the condition is 41. This has improved considerably in the last 30 years thanks to the advancement of medical science and the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Since I have just hit 40 this is particularly hard hitting for me.
So, to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (and arguably as the first part of my mid-life crisis!) I have joined their team in the Ride2Rio challenge. For this we have to cycle 6000 miles in just 5 just which is the equivalent distance of London to Rio. Every pound you can spare to donate is equivalent to 1 mile in distance so will help us get closer to Rio and take the pressure off our legs (and bums) but more importantly it will go a long way to offering hope and support to Jack, his family and the many others like him.
Please click the green button above to donate as much as you can to help the great work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Thank you.
To learn more about Jack, please click here..