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Georgia is just under two years old and was born with a large brown birthmark on her body, known as Congenital Melanocytic Naevus. It is similar to a mole but covers a much larger percentage of her body capacity and doctors say it can lead to complications such as an increased risk of malignancy and involvement of the brain and spinal cord (neurocutaneous melanosis).
My name is Dave, Georgia’s cousin, and I was privileged to take part in a fundraising day last July, organised by Georgia’s parents, which helped to raise funds to assist with the vital research required to learn more about this condition. This fundraiser inspired me to do my bit.
Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) which is a long term bowel disease which can cause me severe abdominal pain and low energy levels. The support and ongoing research into this condition by the National Association of Crohns and Colitis (NACC) have enabled me to live a relatively normal, healthy life by calming my symptoms through medication.
I wanted to help promote a similar level of understanding and awareness into CMN and raise more funds for this worthy charity by doing a sponsored cycle ride in October last year. I started from my home in Herne Bay, Kent and cycled solo, 260 miles over 4 days, to Nottingham travelling through Kent, Essex, Cambridge, Northampton, Loughborough and Nottingham.
The generous donations and support from friends, family and colleagues was overwhelming.
In total we raised £2220.15.
I am currently planning a 360 mile bike ride called ‘Snowdown to Snowdon’ to CMN which will be from Kent to Snowdonia and climbing mount Snowdon. This is being arranged for May 2016 and will involve several members of Georgia’s family and family friends.
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