Ross McKinney

Five In a Row - Atlantic Challenge

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Participants: Ross, Duncan, Clive, Fraser and Ian
Reverse Rett

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We 're working to bring treatments for Rett Syndrome home


Five In A Row are taking on the Atlantic Ocean in December 2021 in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. This is a 3,000 mile row from La Gomera in the Canaries to Antigua in the Caribbean. We have a specially designed boat for the journey which will also be our home for 5-6 weeks. We will be carrying all of our supplies for the crossing and will be unsupported in the race.

We are undertaking this challenge to help to support Reverse Rett, who are a small UK based charity focused on medical research to help those who suffer from Rett Syndrome. 

Ross’ daughter, Eliza, has Rett Syndrome and he has been actively involved with the charity since her devastating diagnosis at the age of 3. Although Eliza developed normally as a baby, she started to regress at around 18 months and after a year of medical tests, she was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. Doctors said she would soon lose the ability to speak and wouldn’t be able to sit up, use her hands or feed herself. She would likely never learn to walk, would develop epilepsy, scoliosis and breathing problems. She is now 10 and sadly a lot of these disabilities have slowly taken away her independence.

Reverse Rett fund medical research for therapies to alleviate symptoms and also research to ultimately cure this condition. Clinical trials are imminent, and gene therapy could free Eliza from the effects of Rett Syndrome and allow her to have a brighter and more independent future. 

We really appreciate all your support. You can find out more on our website or on social media (insta. @five.row).

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Reverse Rett

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Reverse Rett is a patient advocacy and research organisation focused on delivering treatment for Rett Syndrome to all affected. Read more here: For Rett Registry UK:

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