Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are conditions we know many of our clients continue to endure. There is currently no cure and these conditions have a massive effect on both the patient and their family. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the story of Benjamin a young boy close to my heart and the amazing fundraising his mother, Wendy, is doing to help fund the search for a cure for him and all those children (and adults) like him who live with these conditions on a daily basis.
Wendy’s Story (Extracts from her Fundraising Campaign)
My eldest son has suffered Ulcerative Colitis most of his life. Benjamin is only 9 years old and has been hospitalised, had an emergency blood transfusion, and been on 3 different types of medication since he was 3 years old. He takes constant steroids, immunosuppressants and his disease has restricted his growth. I purposefully put drugs into my child, which no parent wants to do. But they keep him on his feet, keep him at school, keep him living. And for that we are very grateful. But I would rather not! For that we need a cure!
Crohn’s and Colitis UK provides support, advice, and a lifeline for sufferers and their families. They also provide support for research which will hopefully find a cure in the future. On 28th March 2015 my family and some kind friends are walking the Weardale Way, 77 miles over 3 days. It is a huge challenge but I hope we can raise some money for this worthy charity. Hopefully the money we raise will help that situation and maybe, in the future, he can enjoy life without all these drugs and their awful side effects
The purpose of sharing this story is to raise awareness of the condition and how it can affect children as well as adults. If however you feel you would like to make a donation to the amazing fundraising Wendy is doing then please visit her “JustGiving” page at https://www.justgiving.com/Wendy-Gardner. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Crohns & Colitis UK has a lot more information on these conditions along with support for those suffering and their families. They also have details about local activities and support groups. Their website can be found at http://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/ Donating directly to them is also possible on this site if you wish.
Thank you for reading
Joanne Dennison – February 2015