What is Cystic Fibrosis
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Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK's most common life-threatening inherited diseases affecting over 10,500 people in the UK, that's 1 in every 2,500 babies born. Over two million people in the UK carry the faulty gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis - around 1 in 25 of the population.
Cystic Fibrosis affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food.
CF patients must follow a rigorous daily treatment programme including physiotherapy, nebulisers, medication, exercise and nutrition.
Each week, five babies are born with Cystic Fibrosis.
Each week, two young lives are lost to Cystic Fibrosis.
Around half of the CF population can expect to live over 40 years, although improvements in treatments mean a baby born today could expect to live even longer.
THERE IS CURRENTLY NO CURE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS!
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Mt Everest Images Copyright: Sir Chris Bonington.
The majority of the worlds population can only ever dream about what it must feel like to stand on top of the worlds highest mountain, and at the same time not realise just how much preparation, organisation and physical and mental energy it takes to get there, and, in an environment with depleted levels of oxygen and sub zero temperatures. My trek to base camp is not about personal goals, it is about raising funds for two fantastic charities and at the same time it is also about respecting the men and women who have not only been there before but have achieved the ultimate goal in reaching the summit. It is also about paying my respects to the people who have made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to achieve their goal. Looking back over the years I can only admire how Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing managed to reach the summit when you compare the equipment and clothing they had then, to what is now readily available. I owe a debt of thanks to Sir Chris Bonington for allowing me to use a handful of his images to showcase a journey I am about to make.
To climb to nearly 20,000 feet I would have said " I can't do it", but even if I have to crawl........ For the Leanne Fund and St Abbs Independent Lifeboat I will achieve it.
Most of the climbers and trekkers in the world long to work their way to Everest Base Camp at least once in lifetime. The Everest Base Camp Trek has been exceptionally popular for climbers and trekkers since the very first successful expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in 1953 (May 29th) by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary. The area is famous for its stunning mountain peaks and the welcoming and friendliness of local people. The region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. While many of the routes through the mountains are challenging, there are ample places to rest and let your body get used to the elevation.Visit our Fundraising Page