This is a short post to say thank you to the Lodge members and visitors.
As the Lodge Treasurer I deal with requests for donations on a regular basis.
When an old friend mentioned that she was raising money as part of her birthday, to give to Cystic Fibrosis in memory of her brother and my school friend, I had to act.
Stephen was just 13 when he passed away, two months short of his 14th birthday.
He had Cystic Fibrosis.
So what is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition affecting more than 10,400 people in the UK. You are born with CF and cannot catch it later in life, but one in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing.
How does it affect the Body?
Cystic Fibrosis causes the body to produce thick mucas, which affects the lungs and digestive systems in particular.
Treament has progressed so much in the last 40 years since Stephen passed away, I know that he had reguallar physiotherapy and medication.
Thanks to breakthroughs in medication, physiotherapy and other treatments, people with cystic fibrosis (CF) are living longer and healthier lives than ever before.
So, once again, on behalf of Stephens family, his sister, mum and me, Paul Gear, I thank everyone at the Lodge for the generous donations, and for contributing to this fantastic cause, progress is being made, but they have a long way to go.
For more informatoin on Cystic Fibrosis, have a look at their website.