A WALLASEY student is gearing up to take part in the Liverpool Half Marathon in her attempt to help beat cystic fibrosis.
Emma McDermott, of Kings Way, hopes to raise as much money as possible for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust when she tackles the 13 mile challenge on March 23.
The 23-year-old Liverpool University student will also raise money for a physio vest for her best friend’s seven-month-old son Ethan, who has cystic fibrosis.
The condition causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.
Only half of those who have cystic fibrosis will live to celebrate their 40th birthday.
“Ethan is the most gorgeous baby and is so cute,” said maths student Emma.
“I want to do as much as I can to make his life with cystic fibrosis easier.
“He needs daily physio to help clear his lungs so he can breathe more easily – the physio vest will really help him.
“People with cystic fibrosis are now living longer as a result of current research, that’s why I’m also raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.”
Baby Ethan’s parents, Chris and Jenna Halton, are thrilled with the support Emma is giving.
Jenna said: “He was diagnosed with the life-threatening illness at just three-weeks-old.
“I’m so thankful for the support from friends like Emma – it’s amazing.
“The way I see it there is no cure, and the only way to find a cure is through fundraising.
“This is the only way to help.”
Money raised will enable the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to invest in cutting-edge research to develop better treatments and, ultimately find a cure.
It will also provide support to those with cystic fibrosis and their families and help the trust to drive up standards in medical care.
You can sponsor Emma at justgiving.com/Emma-McDermott2