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£748raised of £2,500 target by 27 supporters

    Weʼve raised £748 to help pay for Veritys rare heart tumour surgery

    Funded on Sunday, 17th September 2017

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    We recently found out that our friends daughter, Verity, has been diagnosed with an extremely rare heart tumour known as Fibroma. She is just two years old. This tumour causes her heart to going into a life threatening heart arrhythmia known as ventricular tachycardia. This can cause Verity's heart to stop beating, meaning that her mum and dad must carry a defibrillator around with them at all times, as they never know when Verity's heart may stop beating.

    This is an extremely desperate situation. There is nobody within the NHS who has the experience to carry out this operation. Nor will the NHS fund this operation to be carried out elsewhere. Instead, Verity's parents have been advised that they need to begin crowd funding, in order to raise the money to pay for the surgery.

    There is an experienced team of surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital in America, who have confirmed that they can carry out the operation. This surgery has a 100% success rate and will mean that Verity will be able to carry on living a normal and happy life, post surgery. Whether this happens, is down to whether we are able to raise the money for the surgery, which is £100,000.

    Through generous donations, Verity's parents have been able to raise a significant amount of money for this surgery. However there is still someway to go.

    With this is mind I have decided to run the Reigate half marathon in September, in order to do my bit to help get Verity on that plane to Boston.
    This will be a huge challenge for me, but it is nothing in comparison to what Verity and her parents are facing.

    If you have children, I urge you to look at them and decide whether you would want someone to help them to survive if they were faced with the same awful situation. Every penny you donate will go towards saving Verity's life. Please donate, no matter how small a donation, As every penny really does make a difference.

    Please help give Verity a chance at life,

    Thank you



    • g ballard1 year ago
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      1 year ago

      Hello everybody. So I have some amazing news.... THE MONEY HAS BEEN RAISED FOR VERITY'S SURGERY!!!!! She is booked in to have the tumour removed in September! This is thanks to each and everyone of you and you can all go to bed tonight knowing that you have helped give a beautiful little girl the best chance at a long and happy life! Any additional money that I now raise will go toward the cost of the stay in America, follow up appointments and medication costs which will be extensive in themselves. Thank you once again. You are all amazing!

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    • g ballard1 year ago
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      g ballard

      1 year ago

      Hola from Spain! I'm currently on holiday with my family but Verity's tumour is not resting so therefore nor am I! I am still out training despite the intense heat but I can't complain about this view :-) Thank you all once again for your kindness. Don't forget to share this post in order to increase awareness of Verity! Adios for now! #runningforverity xxx

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    • g ballard1 year ago
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      1 year ago

      I would like to say a huge thank you to all you lovely people who have to donated money to help save Verity. The fundraising is going really well and with every £1 given we are getting closer to our target. My training is going well. I am currently running 12km and I am hoping to increase this distance to 13km by the end of the week! So once again, thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and generosity. I will continue to keep you posted on any updates on Verity. #runningforverity

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    Page last updated on: 9/17/2017 8:31 PM



    • James McCollum

      James McCollum

      Sep 17, 2017

      Fantastic effort and what a super cause. £1 for every mile from me - really well done. Best wishes to Verity and the family through the treatment.


    • Sally Sanders

      Sally Sanders

      Sep 17, 2017

      Such a great achievement for a wonderful cause - well done Gemma xxx


    • Rosemary Holloway

      Rosemary Holloway

      Jul 6, 2017

      I hope you achieve your goal and and the treatment is a success.good !uck.


    • Aleksandar Jovanovic

      Aleksandar Jovanovic

      Jul 6, 2017


    • Lee cooper

      Lee cooper

      Jun 21, 2017

      Run Gemma ruuuuuun! Good luck


    • Mark Bakowski

      Mark Bakowski

      Jun 20, 2017

      Well done you! Good luck to you


    • D SCHOTT

      D SCHOTT

      Jun 14, 2017


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