On Sunday 12th June 2016, Team Tyler will be running the St Albans Half Marathon in memory of Tyler Stephen Reader who passed away on the 6th November 2015, aged 34 months.
Tyler was a beautiful, cheeky young Boy that went from being a perfectly healthy and happy toddler to losing his precious life in the space of 4 days after developing Sepsis following being diagnosed with a particularly aggressive strain of Group A Streptococcus. Tyler suffered 6 cardiac arrests during his 8 hours in hospital care, passing away shortly before a heart-lung bypass could be performed. Since his passing the Tyler Reader Brighter Future Fund has been set up to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital so that they can provide the necessary training and equipment to help with cases as severe as Tyler's.
What is Group A Streptococcus and Sepsis
Group A Streptococcus is a bacterium that can cause a wide range of infections. People may also carry it in the throat or on the skin and have no symptoms of illness. Most Strep infections are relatively mild illnesses such as 'strep throat' and impetigo, but occasionally these bacteria can cause severe and life-threatening illnesses.
Sepsis, also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life threatening condition, triggered by an infection or injury. The body's immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection which can reduce blood supply to vital organs such as the Heart, Brain, Lungs and Kidneys. Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.
Sadly Tyler contracted both of these conditions and was unable to fight it off. He passed away on Friday 6th November 2015 at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
In running the St Albans Half Marathon, we hope to raise a little money towards the Tyler Reader Brighter Future Fund, which already sits at an amazing £12,000.
We would very much appreciate your support in us reaching our target.
Stephen Reader & the rest of Team Tyler.
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