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£18,737
raised of £25,000 target by 634 supporters

    Weʼve raised £18,737 to Help Reuben live life to the full

    Funded on Friday, 30th June 2023

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    Story

    Trying to find the words to explain our situation and our need for your help has been hard, I’m no wordsmith. But our challenges in recent years have taught us that honesty gets you a long way, as does giving it a go no matter how difficult it may seem at first.

    Deep breath…

    If my living with terminal brain cancer since 2014 wasn’t hard enough for our small family, to have the shattering news that our precious son has life limiting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy has torn our world apart.

    In January 2020, Aged 5, our beautiful and happy Reuben that we all know and love was diagnosed with the life shortening, muscle wasting condition that means he’ll be unable to walk by the time he’s a teenager, and if he’s really lucky, he might live past 30.

    Reuben cannot jump or move any faster than a light jog. He struggles to walk for any longer than 20 minutes before his tired and wobbly legs take over.

    Reuben will also be affected intellectually. Starting at a disadvantage, school is always going to be a big challenge.

    The bad news doesn’t stop there though because there’s no known cure. Like with my cancerous brain tumour, It's just too rare to get the funding it deserves.

    Physical therapy, walking frames and corrective surgery may help with some symptoms.

    Assisted ventilation will be required with weakening of his breathing muscles.

    Medication consists of steroids to slow muscle degeneration but can severely affect behaviour and weight gain and greatly weakens bone density.

    Although I am dying and don’t know how long I have with my family, life doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. We’ve had a great few years, since my diagnosis in 2014. Marriage, a lovely honeymoon, Reuben’s birth, some great family holidays, and finding out what a great, supportive world this can be, especially our friends and family.

    Where do you come in? We have learnt that making the most of the time we have is so important and knowing that I can set up something for Reuben where he will be able to live life to the fullest is our mission. In short…we need your money.

    I have no doubt Reuben is still going to have a wonderful, joyful, smiley life despite the challenges he will face. His cheerful spirit will ensure there are many more highs than lows.

    Unfortunately though supporting his needs will come at a cost.

    A suitable made to measure 3 wheeled trike costs £2000.

    When that’s no longer usable, a bike with a detachable front mounted wheelchair is another £4000.

    When he can no longer walk, equipment and home alterations to help ease his inevitable constant pain and discomfort could be endless.

    Please spare what you can, even the smallest donation will help secure the best future we can for our son.

    Perhaps if now is not a good time to support Reuben yourself, your work or other people you know might be able to? Please share far and wide.

    Thank you for reading.

    Stay tuned to this page, as the fundraising is only just beginning

    Updates

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    • Graham Wood1 year ago
      Graham Wood

      Graham Wood

      1 year ago

      Well, The end just got a little closer for me. The latest and last chemo regiment hasn't worked and the tumour has started growing in other places in my brain. They have another crack with radiotherapy for all the good that will do. you can tell how positive they are by the fact they've referred me to the local hospice team. so I'll know everyone when the time comes. I guess I was always expecting this to happen, but it's still a massive shock when it does. there's been a lot of tears round the Wood household this week.

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    • Graham Wood1 year ago
      Graham Wood

      Graham Wood

      1 year ago

      Finally, the in person fundraising can start afresh, with a whole weekend of fundraising! to kick things off we have a coffee morning on 4th March and the next day our superstar fundraiser Laura is doing the Eastbourne half marathon to raise in aid of Unite4Reuben. go smash it Laura!! we're after raffle prizes for our coffee morning, so if anyone can donate, please get in touch. we'd really appreciate it! including offline funds we're now up to 85%, every penny over our target will be donated to a DMD charity.

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    • Graham Wood1 year ago
      Graham Wood

      Graham Wood

      1 year ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Quynh and Chau do a brilliant job for us with their collection pots at their Post Office. They've been an avid supporter of our campaign from the beginning, and have raised over £300 so far. There's some more news on the horizon as a family friend, Laura, Reubens past teacher will be running the Eastbourne Half Marathon in aid of Untie 4 Reuben, on the 5th March. So please support her if you can we would be ever so grateful. Thank you for being amazing people, who we couldn't do without. We do have some spare collection pots if you'd like one.

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    Page last updated on: 6/21/2023 07.18

    Supporters

    634

    • Angie Parsons

      Angie Parsons

      Jun 21, 2023

      £15.00

    • Pete &Jill Markwick

      Pete &Jill Markwick

      Jun 21, 2023

      Our thoughts are with you all. Keep making those beautiful memories ♥️

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 16, 2023

      £10.00

    • Katie

      Katie

      May 12, 2023

      Wishing you all lots of luck and best wishes 🫂

      £5.00

    • Coulter family

      Coulter family

      May 12, 2023

      <3

      £200.00

    • Jackie S

      Jackie S

      Mar 16, 2023

      Laura’s mum saying well done for the EB Half, and best of luck Wood family! Take care 😊

      £50.00

    • The Groenens

      The Groenens

      Mar 6, 2023

      Well done Miss Stevens, amazing work! Xx

      £20.00

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