As many of you are aware, this April I am heading off to climb Everest (again) and going back to complete what I started when the earthquake struck in 2015.
Not only that, this time I am going to be supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and raising funds and awareness for my dear friend Lucy-Anne who died earlier this year. It was one of her greatest wishes to support the CF trust by raising funds to help them find a cure for this dreadful disease.
Lucy-Anne was born with separate genetic liver and lung diseases. At the age of 18 she was late diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, 7 years later she received a simultaneous double lung and liver transplant at The Royal Papworth Hospital. Lucy-Anne was placed on an ECMO life support machine for 2 weeks and 2 days before she was lucky enough to receive a donor match in time. After the transplant Lucy-Anne faced many challenges; she had pneumonia, a clot in her hepatic vein, suspected clot in her aorta and an intracerebral haemorrhage. She tragically passed away nearly 5 months later on 7th February 2018. Lucy-Anne felt that her way of contributing to creating a happier world would be by becoming an organ donor and raising funds.
During the 4 and a half months after her simultaneous double lung and liver transplant, Lucy-Anne fought her challenging journey with great courage and determination. She never once complained, always had a smile on her face and made friends with all the special people who supported her, including the wonderful teams at both Papworth and Addenbrookes. If this isn't inspiration for what I am about to endure then I don’t know what is!
My aim now, as well as climbing the mountain, is to ask for your help to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis so that people like Lucy-Anne, who was only 25, have a chance of a longer and healthier life. Please support me with this challenge by donating and sharing this with your friends.