VO2Max Racing Events will be supporting the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation at all their events this season. We have decided to do this following an approach by Barry and Katherine Nicholson. This father and daughter team have to be admired for their strength, determination and dedication to raising funds for the CLDF. They are also two of the most dependable event volunteers we have ever had. Katherine will be helping out in registration this year as usual (It wont be long before she’s running the show!) and Barry will be barking out his support to all of you on the bike course. Below is something Barry put together and hopefully that will encourage you to give whatever support you can…….
“I don’t blog, tweet or facebook ! However, I have cobbled together a little piece, which may, or may not, be useful.
The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) was formed in 1980 by parents of Michael McGough, who died of liver disease prior to any transplant being possible. It is interesting to note that the first human liver transplant was as recently as 1963 and it was not until the 1980s that transplantation in infants became more common place.
The CLDF’s mission is to ensure that the causes of childhood liver disease are understood, prevented/treated through research, to effectively provide information and offer emotional support to those affected. There are now three specialist paediatric liver units in the United Kingdom, at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Kings College Hospital, London & Leeds General Infirmary.
My family has been involved with the CLDF since our daughter, Katherine, was born in 1996 with Biliary Atresia, a rare form of liver disease. They have provided us with tremendous support, providing information and a friendly face to turn to. (Katherine has now had two transplants, the latter being in 2009). In return, we have attempted to raise funds over the years and this year being a “big push” as I have signed up to complete (hopefully) a 200 kilometre dog sled challenge in 2013 in Sweden. We hope to raise a minimum of £3000, but any amount over that will also provide the CLDF with much needed funds.”
Barry Nicholson (Explorer extrodinaire and voluntary event steward)
You’ll see donation tins and collection buckets dotted around registration and finish areas. Feel free to donate anything you can to this very worthy cause. Katherine and Barry will be around before, during and after the events and will be more than happy to talk to you about the charity and what they have planned!
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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