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Closed 31/10/2020

raised of £25,000 target by 52 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,320 to to fund private treatment required for visually impaired athlete, Jay Cruz Semple, to restore some of his eyesight

    Funded on Saturday, 31st October 2020

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    James Semple, who runs under the name of Jay Cruz, is a registered blind athlete based in Glasgow. Although much of his vision has been lost he still has a tiny amount of sight remaining. Jay suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Choroideremia. Despite this set back he is becoming an accomplished distance runner (aided by a guide runner) with sights set on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Being a true Scotsman he always competes in a kilt! He recently completed the Stirling Scottish Marathon, and a Sky Dive and in 2018 he intends to abseil off the Forth Rail bridge. All these activities he undertakes raising monies for other causes such as cancer research.

    What is Choroideremia?

    Choroideremia is a condition which affects mainly men and causes the progressive loss of vision. All sufferers will eventually lose 100% of their vision. The condition is a genetic condition and causes the loss of cells within the the retina and the nearby blood vessels. It affects approx 1 in 50,000 people. There is no known cure for the condition although trials of stem cell treatments appear to be having positive results in the US. Some trials are being conducted in the UK by the NHS but unfortunately Jay was diagnosed too late to be accepted for the UK trial programme.

    Why are we Crowdfunding?

    If Jay can reach the target of £25000 he can go to the US for private stem cell treatment, which according to early results won't restore his sight but will protect what little vision he has left, enabling him to enjoy as far as possible seeing his young son growing up.

    Any monies not used for treatment will be used to get assist further fundraising for research into the condition.

    The previous version of this page raised £214 from 14 supporters which Jay gives massive thanks too.

    Christine mcmenemy Sep 5, 2017 Good luck and I hope you get your sight restored £10.00

    jacquelyn foster Sep 3, 2017 You so deserve this Jay, you're an inspiration. Xx £10.00

    Heather Angelopoulos Sep 3, 2017 Good luck Jay £10.00

    Phil W Sep 3, 2017 Good luck mate .you deserve it £10.00

    Anonymous Jun 23, 2017 £20.00

    Marla Baird Jun 19, 2017 Good luck Jay, this isn't much but I hope it helps, you are such an inspiration x £30.00

    Kate Armstrong Jun 19, 2017 Jay you inspire me every day.DON'T ever give up xx £30.00

    Emma Wilson Jun 14, 2017 Best of luck! £5.00

    Maggie Ashcroft Jun 14, 2017 Good luck £5.00

    Anonymous Jun 13, 2017 Here's hoping you get there £10.00

    Caroline Pearce Jun 13, 2017 Good luck Jay x £5.00

    Lynsey Telford Jun 13, 2017 I think you are an inspiration! Keep going and doing what you are doing!! £10.00

    Caroline Newland Jun 13, 2017 Hola, I will add more as and when I can, but here's a start! £10.00

    Jim B Jun 10, 2017 Good luck Jay £50.00



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      • David Nicoll

        David Nicoll

        Oct 8, 2020

        You are an inspiration Jay, keep going.


      • Stephanie Davidson

        Stephanie Davidson

        Jan 16, 2020

        It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday in Edinburgh Jay. Wishing you every success - You are a true inspiration. Stephanie x


      • Anonymous


        Jan 13, 2020

        Hope you reach your target and the treatment helps. KS


      • Paula Stokes

        Paula Stokes

        Dec 24, 2019

        It’s an honour to call you a friend.. I will be sharing this to raise awareness. So much love


      • Anonymous


        Sep 14, 2019

        Hi nice to meet you and your son outside Poundland today. Hope you reach your target soon.

      • Barry Evans

        Barry Evans

        Aug 10, 2019

        This may not be a lot but stealing a quote from tescos every little helps. So I hope you eventually hit your target and get the treatment done before it's to late.


      • Rhona Guild

        Rhona Guild

        Jul 30, 2019


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