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Raising money for Crohn's MAP Vaccine trials for King's College London because its time to find a cure for Crohn's Disease

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King's College London

King's College London is one of the world's top 25 universities. It conducts world-changing research in a variety of areas including: cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's, conflict resolution and the environment. It also educates nearly 20,000 students, inspiring them to become the next generation of leaders, both in the UK and overseas. Only one third of the College's income comes from the Government - charitable donations are vital to its work. King's College London has charitable status under the Charities Act 1993.

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Crohn's Disease is a horribly aggressive form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease which affects about 4 million people worldwide and about 250,000 people in the UK. CD is usually diagnosed in teens and young adults between 13 - 30 and ruins many lives, with symptoms including severe abdominal pain, weight loss diarrhea and chronic fatigue. Most sufferers require surgery at some point and many have problems attending school or keeping a job because of the amount of time off they need to recover.

There is currently no cure for Crohn's and the cause is not fully understood, however many scientists, including Professor Herman-Taylor of Kings College London, believe that Crohn's is caused by a bacterium Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis or MAP for short. MAP has been shown to cause Johnes Disease, an IDB in cows which is very similar to Crohn's, unfortunately MAP is difficult to identify in humans and has been overlooked by many. Now the evidence showing that MAP is likely the cause of Crohn's is overwhelming and Human Trials for a vaccine against MAP has started at the Jenner Institute.

The money I raise will go to help to fund the work of Professor Herman-Taylor to identify MAP and assist the Human Trials. Once the trials are successful a vaccine (which has already been made) will be made available, which is the best hope for a cure. As some may know my son Alex was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2015, at the age of 12. Since then he has had many bouts of severely painful cramps, diarrhea, internal bleeding and exhaustion and has missed a significant amount of school. He is currently well and positive, but he shouldn't need to deal with this emotional or physical stress at his age, nor should any other person.

I plan to undertake a number of kayaking challenges to help raise funds to keep the MAP testing going during the trials. These challenges will include entering an open water race (Poole Harbour race), organising whitewater race (Blaze the Barle) and undertaking a few other challenging sea kayak trips and crossings throughout the year. I have been kayaking for ten years, but am fairly new to sea kayaking only been doing tit for 18 months. However I have learnt a lot in the last year and am keen to push myself to my limits in order to raise awareness of this condition and the invaluable work being down by Professor Herman-Taylor and his team. 

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Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you will join me on my journey, 

 



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