Weʼve raised £560 to help a wonderful young boy, Lucas White and an internationally renowned GOSH. For my part I will be “running” the Brighton marathon.
- Funded on Sunday, 12th August 2018
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I will be splitting all monies donated to MuscleUp for Lucas and GOSH. GOSH you know all about and the wonderful support they have provided to our Jacob. He will be back there for 2 major operations in the next year.
it is probably best that I leave the background on Lucas to his parents Katy and Dave as I would not be able to it justice. I do know however that Lucas is a wonderful boy and we are all proud to have him as our mate.
For anybody visiting our page for the first time and perhaps don’t know us, here is a brief background on our family and our gorgeous little boy Lucas who, quite simply, is the best.
Lucas James White was born on 13th August 2012, a healthy 7lbs 8oz. He was our first-born child and the first grandchild for both families. We were absolutely over the moon and the following years brought us nothing but sheer joy. We live in Hornchurch, Essex (close to family) and were equally delighted when our daughter Sophia made her arrival into the world on 1st October 2014.
Lucas had been a slow walker and was nearly two before he mastered the art. We noticed that he ‘rolled inwards’ on his heels and thought there might be something wrong, so sought medical advice. In all other developmental areas he excelled so we had no fear of it being anything serious. Doctors, orthopaedic specialists, physiotherapists initially diagnosed possible hyper-mobile joints and gave him foot splints. A year later, with the problem worsening, we sought further opinion and the splints were discarded – the ‘foot issue’ would self-correct. It didn’t.
Easter 2016 at three and half years old, Lucas was not being monitored by anybody, school was looming later in the year and we were concerned. He was falling behind his peers with physical activities and couldn’t run, hop, jump, skip, climb, cycle…. and so on. He would often fall for no apparent reason, struggle to get up from the floor and had difficulty climbing stairs. Alarm bells started to ring and we again sought medical opinion. In April we were referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital where, after a series of tests orchestrated by their neuromuscular team, our fears were confirmed.
On 8th July 2016 we were told Lucas had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – our lives were about to change forever.
DMD is a genetic, muscle-wasting, life limiting disease that effects 1 in 3,600 boys and 1 in 50 million girls. It is caused by a small mutation in the dystrophin gene which results in muscles weakening instead of strengthening. General prognosis is full wheelchair use by age 10, continual muscle deterioration in the upper body, eventually affecting the heart and lungs, with the sufferer not normally seeing their 25th birthday. There is no cure, only hope.
We are blessed with having two beautiful, bright, polite, cheeky children, in Lucas and Sophia. We are proud to have amazing families and countless friends to see us through the rough times ahead. With your help, Lucas and the many other Duchenne sufferers will benefit through the world-wide efforts of charities like Action Duchenne to find a cure for this devastating disease.
You can also donate to Action Duchenne by texting LUCS79 & your amount to 70070. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. No donation is too small.
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Thank you for all your efforts and support. Our little boy will always know that he is loved by so many who care so very much.
Love Katy, David, Lucas and Sophia xxxx
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May 8, 2018
Better late than never, I hope.. well done on getting yourself round again. In total awe (with a busted leg) - Catherine, Peter & William xx
May 7, 2018
Well Done Beash x Denise Bryan & kids x
May 4, 2018
Well done panther.
May 4, 2018
May 1, 2018
Well done Mr B. I know how tough it is and you did so well. Roll on the next marathon, love the wellys x
Apr 22, 2018
Thanks andy and well done!
Apr 18, 2018
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