Our first Touching Lives Tribute Fund | Action Medical Research

Touching Lives - March 2006

Our first Touching Lives Tribute Fund

We are very proud that our first tribute fund has now been set up in honour of Lucy Netherway, baby daughter of Anne and John Netherway.

Lucy was born on the 23rd January 2005, a very beautiful baby girl. Never was a baby more wanted or loved, and for four joyous months you could not have met a more happy and contented family.

On the 20th May Lucy was taken ill, and her family’s life changed forever. They knew the road ahead would be difficult and uncertain but they lived in hope.

Little Lucy had atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome, (HUS), which is a rare but devastating cause of irreversible kidney failure in children. Sadly, in September, she passed away, at just eight months of age, after valiantly struggling to overcome her health problems.

Anne and John have shared some of their most cherished memories of their daughter. ‘Lucy, our beautiful and brave baby girl. In her short life she gave much joy, love and happiness. Lucy’s smiles and giggles would light up a room. She always smiled first thing in the morning and greeted Daddy home with a beaming face. Lucy you were adored, we will never forget you, your smile lives on in our hearts.’

Action Medical Research has recently awarded a Research Training Fellowship to Dr Sally Johnson, who is carrying out vital research into atypical HUS at the University of Birmingham. She is investigating its development and hopes to discover why the kidney is targeted, so that children attacked by the disease can be treated appropriately. Anne and John will be kept up to date as the research project progresses, and ^it would be a highly fitting way to remember Lucy’s life if her Fund can help achieve a breakthrough in the fight against this disease.^

Click here to find more information on setting up a Tribute Fund in honour of a loved one or contact Jane Tarrant, our Tribute Funds Manager, on 01403 327414 or jtarrant@action.org.uk

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