Touching Lives - April 2015
Welcome to our Spring/summer issue of Touching Lives – where you can read about our work helping sick babies and children and the fantastic fundraising support that makes this vital research possible.
Our cover story is all about one very tiny life. Samuel was born early at just 30 weeks. Now three months old, although he is still quite small, he is doing well. New mum Jo explains what a new test to help prevent babies from being born too soon means to her family.
You can also find out how tiny and vulnerable babies can now be saved from losing their sight, and read about how research funded by Action is enabling doctors to unlock the mystery of the rare and potentially fatal illness Startle disease. We’re happy to report that little Scarlett went home safe and sound after her diagnosis at just two weeks old. And, following an Action funded study, many more babies’ lives can now be changed for the better.
Brave parents Mark and Amanda share their experience of another rare disease, Jeune syndrome, which affects their son Joshua. The family is heartened by the work of our Research Training Fellow Dr Miriam Schmidts who has identified new genetic causes for this devastating condition.
Inspired by our work after his son was born too early and developed a life-threatening bowel condition, keen cyclist Chris is riding all the way to Paris to raise funds for Action Medical Research – accompanied by his 65-year-old father.
As spring turns to summer, our supporters are taking to country lanes and city parks, climbing muddy assault courses, crossing the Channel, walking, cycling and running for Action. Every effort helps us save and change the lives of babies and children. But many people help us in quieter ways, too. From helping out in the office to organising major events, our volunteers are an inspiring and essential part of Action. Thank you all!