THE parents of little Elliot Page have gathered in more than £12,000 for charity as their brave son continues his fight with cystic fibrosis.
Nadine and Chris Page, of Beckwith Grange, Doxford, face a daily schedule of preparing a puree of 30 to 40 liquid tablets a day for their nine-month-old son, because he’s too small to take them in any other form.
Elliot also needs 20 minutes of physiotherapy every day as well as visits to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle once every six weeks for check-ups.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease affecting almost 10,000 people in the UK. It causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with a thick, sticky mucus.
Nadine and Chris were devastated when health officials broke the news that the standard heel prick test for newborns had shown that their apparently healthy youngest son was suffering from the serious, life-limiting condition.
As well as the constant support that Nadine and Chris give to their son, they have also found time to hold a series of fund-raising events in the Wearside area.
First came a glamorous ball which raised £6,500. Then, the couple came up with a sponsored bike ride and finally a charity night in a local club.
“We have raised about £12,500 in the last six months,” said Nadine.
Thanks to advancement in modern medicine, many people with cystic fibrosis will live past the age of 50.
Nadine’s hope is that research into the condition can continue and hopefully find ways of giving Elliot, and other children like him, a longer and better quality of life in the future.
Nadine, who is also mum to four-year-old Dominic, added: “It’s a bit of a shock to be nominated for an award but it is really good.”
The deadline for entries into this year’s Best of Wearside awards has now passed.
But we want to say thank you to everyone who put forward their heroes and helped us to amass a fantastic field of entrants.
The next stage is for the competition judges to meet and decide which of the fantastic field will make it through to the shortlist.
The awards, which are being held in association with Gentoo, will culminate in a grand finale at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.
In the meantime, watch out for some more coverage of the top-class nominations. And make sure you continue to follow the Sunderland Echo for full coverage of the awards night, including photographs and reaction from all our winners.