Touching Lives

October 2011

This issue of Touching Lives features two families whose lives have been affected by an inherited disease that can damage children's lungs and airways. Little Malachi was given an early diagnosis but not all children are as fortunate, so Action is funding research to ultimately help speed up diagnosis.

You can also read about how a gift in the will of Gordon Walkinshaw helped the family of two-year-old Jack, who was born with a genetic eye condition called primary aphakia. 

Elsewhere in the magazine there are updates on our Touching Tiny Lives appeal, our research into a vaccine for MenB and projects on sickle cell disease, obesity, movement difficulties and preventing premature birth.

March 2011

In this issue of Touching Lives, we bring you the moving story of five-year-old Jack Morley who was diagnosed with brain cancer as a baby. We are funding a study to find what causes brain tumours in children under three and Jack’s mum Lisa tells us why she is supporting this vital research.

We also look back at the impact of our Scotland-based successes over the years and bring you up to date on some recently awarded grants.

Our fundraising news includes the launch of our women-only bike ride led by Davina McCall.

October 2010

In this issue of Touching Lives, we hear from Emma Greenhouse who has had severe epilepsy since she was eight. Emma’s mum explains why one of our latest projects, a clinical trial looking at whether light therapy can provide an effective treatment for epilepsy patients, is so important.

We also look at the impact of some projects funded by Action Medical Research – you can read about how we’ve helped prevent brain damage in newborn babies, and contributed to preventing and managing childhood meningitis.

And there’s lots of fundraising news including our record-breaking London to Paris bike ride and new events for 2011.

March 2010

In this issue of Touching Lives, we hear about Grace who has a rare, devastating, developmental disorder that causes profound physical and learning disabilities. Mum Gwenda explains what life is like caring for a child with Rett syndrome. Our pioneering work with gene therapy may help shed light on new ways to treat this condition and provide hope for girls like Grace.

We hear why TV’s Dr Dawn Harper is supporting Action Medical Research and we launch Walk for Tiny Lives, a series of sponsored walks designed for mums, dads, grandparents and, of course, children.

October 2009

In this issue of Touching Lives, we meet two youngsters who are battling conditions that normally affect adults. Rachel was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 13, and little Alfie has had multiple strokes since he was two-and-a-half. Read their inspirational stories.

We also feature new research projects and fundraising news including our London to Paris bike ride, a party with Paddington and latest initiative Wellies to Work.