I am competing in the Great South Run 2012 to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and my two cousins, Angie and Debbie, who suffer from the disease. I would appreciate your time to check out the video and the fundraiser page and tell your friends to help spread awareness please.

Hey guys,

My cousins Angie and Debbie suffer from a disease called Cystic Fibrosis that affects the lungs and pancreas with both of them being in and out of hospital weekly ever since I remember. The avergae life expectancy as of today is around 30 years and both of my cousins are in their 20′s. Debbie who is the younger on the two had been given 6 months left to live was offered a place on the waiting list for a lung transplant which she initially declined. As she had to make herself permanently available if a donor came, meaning no holidays, no unscheduled trips she had to be within X distance from her hospital. At the time she decided it would be better to enjoy the 6 months because even after a lung transplant the CF would not be cured. However she has since accepted and is now living in a her own flat which was a massive step for her independence. Angie is married in here own house living in Liverpool, but was told she cannot continue to work anymore.

For the last 2 years I have ran the Great South Run to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust raising around £200 in the first year and £550 last year. I had planned to top that figure this year however due to unforseen circumstances, with me moving to my Uni house, arriving to Uni late this term, my family moving and some other family dramas I couldn’t commit to the event and therefore couldn’t fundraise. This frustrated me as I was extremely passionate about entering and spreading awareness for the cause. A few days ago it became apparant that I could enter via a charity place, which I was thrilled at but it has left us very little time to get the donations needed that the charity asks you to pledge.

You can also add me on Skype (mattmcdermott-) if you want any more information. I will leave the page open for a month after the event as the actual race is this Sunday. If you guys have any requests for me for the race (I wore a pink tutu last year – picture in the video) let me know in the comments.

Dont forget to check out the fundraising page here please!

Thank you so much!