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Sunderland toddle to fight cystic fibrosis

The sponsored toddle gets underway at Herrington Country Park, raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The sponsored toddle gets underway at Herrington Country Park, raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

FUN in the sun helped a Wearside family raise cash for a charity close to their hearts.

The family and friends of four-month-old Elliot Page held a sponsored toddle and picnic to raise cash for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Nadine and Chris Page, from Beckwith Grange, Doxford, were devastated when health officials broke the news their youngest son has cystic fibrosis.

Now, the Sunderland family want to do whatever they can to raise awareness of the life-limiting condition and help fundraise research, which will hopefully one day benefit their son and other sufferers.

Chris, a spray painter, and Nadine, who are also parents to four-year-old Dominic, were stunned when at almost three weeks old, they were given the news their apparently healthy baby was suffering from a serious condition.

The mum-of-two said: “They found out from the heel prick test new babies get. It was an horrendous blow, in fact I still don’t think I’ve accepted it.

“There is no history of it in the family and none of us knew anything about it until we started researching.”

Although Elliot needs daily medication and physiotherapy to help his condition, in the short term he should develop like any other child.

However, cystic fibrosis, which is an inherited disease affecting almost 10,000 people in the UK, causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with a thick, sticky mucus, causing serious problems as time goes by and often leading to the need for a lung transplant.

Thanks to advancement in modern medicine, many people with cystic fibrosis will live past the age of 50.

Nadine said: “Anyone who sees Elliot would just think he was a normal, healthy baby, you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with him.”

She said a lot of research is being carried out into developing new ways of treating the long-term effects of the condition, which will give children like Elliot a longer, better quality of life.

Nadine’s mum, Carol Wood, has set up a justgiving page and anyone who would like to donate towards the family’s fund-raising can visit https://www.justgiving.com/cf-toddle/.

 

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