A mum’s fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis has won her an award nomination.
Nadine Page, mum of Eliot and Dominic Page, has now topped the £20,000 fundraising mark in her ceaseless campaign to help pay for research into the condition.
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 husband Chris, from the Doxford area of Sunderland, were devastated when health officials broke the news that the standard heel prick test for newborns had shown that their apparently healthy youngest son Eliot was suffering from the serious, life-limiting condition.
Ever since, Nadine has held fundraising events including a charity ball, bike ride and charity night.
Now she has plans for a Halloween party and said: “I do it because it is the only thing I can do that I feel happy I am helping him.
I do it because it is the only thing I can do that I feel happy I am helping him. I can’t fix him but I am doing whatever I can to get that cure foundNadine Page
“I can’t fix him but I am doing whatever I can to get that cure found.”
Her tireless efforts have won her a nomination for a Best of Wearside award. It read: “Nadine was dealt a devastating blow 20 months ago,when her three week old son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, of which there is no cure.
“After a lot of tears and heartache she decided to raise money in the hope of finding a cure.”
Elliot’s parents hope by raising both awareness of the illness and cash for research, the future will be brighter for children like Elliot, who takes a cocktail of drugs each day to keep his condition under control.
Nadine admitted: “I am shocked that someone has nominated me.”
This year’s Best of Wearside competition is being held in association with Vantec Europe Ltd. Category sponsor are Calsonic, Gentoo, Martinos, TWR and UK Asbestos and we thank them all for their fantastic backing.
The grand finale of the awards, at the Stadium of Light, will be held on Thursday, November 19, and we are hoping to nominate some truly deserving people.
To nominate your own personal favourite, fill in the nomination form on this page or visit http://www.jpne-events.co.uk.