UK foolball club giants Manchester United has chosen the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as their charity for this year (2006-2007). The disease, which is genetically passed down clogs the internal organs with a sticky mucus. At worst, it can lead to serious chronic infections, as well as lung inflammation.
In the UK alone, Cystic Fibrosis is the leading life-threatening disease that is genetically inherited. Each week, when 5 babies are diagnosed with the disease, 3 of them will die.
Young Man U fan, Max Paton (pictured above with his heroes Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher), who also suffers from the disease, will be fronting the campaign to raise funds and awareness for the charity. The six-year-old takes 30 pills of medication a day, needs physiotherapy and intravenous antibiotics regularly just to stay healthy.
On October 28th and 29th, the Trust will be holding an Abseil Fundraiser (a dangerous clinbing technique) in Old Trafford to hopefully raise the £50,000 needed for gene therapy research to help children like Max who suffer from the disease.
The participant who raises the most funds will win a pair of football boots signed by defender Rio Ferdinand, who says:
“I always get an adrenalin rush when I run onto the pitch at Old Trafford Ė and am sure people will feel the same if they take part in this abseil. Itís a great chance to do something different and Iím sure lots of fans will love the chance to get so close to the action. It will make a real difference to the thousands of young people that have cystic fibrosis.”
[tags]Manchester United,Cystic Fibrosis[/tags]