Updated on Jun 3rd 2010 at 5:21 PM using the JustGiving iPhone app
I reached the door of Canterbury Cathedral at 5pm on 3rd June, after 7 days and (slightly more than) 115 miles. Huge thanks for all your support and sponsorship. Michael
My 4 year-old cousin Maddie has Cystic Fibrosis. CF is one of the UK's most common, life-threatening, inherited diseases. In many cases, Maddie's included, CF affects the lungs, blocking the airways with clinging, suffocating mucus.
I am 12 years old, and this half term I am spending 7 days walking 115 miles along the North Downs Way from Farnham to Canterbury Cathedral.
My aim is to raise as much as I can for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the leading Cystic Fibrosis charity in the UK, and the only one dedicated to every aspect of CF, from helping families adjust to diagnosis, to funding cutting-edge research. You can follow my efforts on Twitter.
Although huge progress has been made in treating CF sufferers and in working towards a long-term cure by means of gene therapy, Maddie (like thousands of others with the disease) still has to undergo a two hour treatment regime every day, including two sessions of physiotherapy and over 25 doses of antibiotics, enzymes, supplements and other medicine - and her life expectancy is less than half what it would be if she did not have CF. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust offers thousands of Maddies, and their families, much-needed support and long-term hope.
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