The Fungal InfectionTrust
The Fungal Infection Trust (formerly the Fungal Research Trust) is a small charity based in the UK registered in 1991. It partly funds the Aspergillus Website which provides information and support for patients, doctors and scientists who deal with aspergillus infections. Aspergillus infections are often fatal and are fungal diseases which can affect patients undergoing treatments for cancer, transplants, asthma, cystic fibrosis, CGD and those who may be immune suppressed for whatever reason. The charity aims to promote education about aspergillus infections, to support scientific research into aspergillus, to improve its diagnosis and treatment and to support the training of specialised scientists working in this area (mycology).
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The Steph Smith Appeal Himalayan Challange

Lewis Fraser, Aaron McKevitt

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The Steph Smith Appeal - Himalayan Challenge

We are attempting the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage race over a period of five days, in which the terrain climbs from 6,500ft to 11,500ft and also includes a marathon around Mount Everest. The distance run over the 5 days are split up as follows; Day 1 -24 miles, Day 2 - 20 miles, Day 3 - 26.4 miles (marathon), Day 4 - 13 miles, Day 5 - 17 miles. It is a gruelling event that will push us to our limits, dealing not only with the distance, but terrain and most difficult of all the altitude.

We are attempting to raise £5,000 for the Fungal Research Trust. It is a non-profit charity established in 1991 and it aims to raise awareness of Aspergillus Fumigatus. There is very little knowledge known about aspergillus and therefore 95% of the Trusts expenditure is on research. Aspergillus, which is also known as farmer’s lung, mainly invades the lungs and sinuses, but can spread to other organs such as the eyes and brain.

With aspergillus mainly attacking the lungs, asthma sufferers are particularly vulnerable to this little know about infection. In 2009 Lewis’s partner (Steph) was taken ill. She was a very mild asthmatic and was diagnosed with having invasive aspergillosis. Eleven days after taking ill and only five days after the diagnosis, Steph passed away aged 21. Aspergillus not only affects asthma sufferers but also leukaemia and bone marrow transplant patients. Invasive aspergillosis is increasingly affecting other hospital patient groups and is extremely difficult to treat, with long term sufferers having a very poor quality of life.

Click on the blog (below) to find in depth details of the race, reviews, the training plan and news of our training progress.

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18.12.11 Liz, I hope you have a good Christmas

01.12.11 Jo says "for a beautiful friend who has left me with many good memories, never forgotten..."

12.11.11 I had to put an extra £3 just so it took it to £8,000!!! Well done guys!!!

11.11.11 Money raised from Charity Hawaiian Luau, a donation from everyone that attended. A great night for a great cause. Well done Lewis and Aaron

10.11.11 Well done Lewis. We thoroughly enjoyed reading about your challenge. You were amazing!! Hope you are giving your feet and knees a bit of TLC!! Take care! The Oag Family

08.11.11 An awesome achievement, congratulations!

05.11.11 Have a FUNtastic Hawaiian Night!! Herewith a small donation for the raffle!! Hope the knees hold out on the dance floor Lewis!!! It's a shame Aaron & Claire will nopt be there to this evening but enjoy, you deserve it after what you've just endured! X

04.11.11 Brilliant job chaps! Was fantastic to meet you and what you are doing is inspiring.

02.11.11 Great job guys. Very well done.

01.11.11 Great cause and well done.

01.11.11 Well done guys.

27.10.11 Fantastic achievement! Well done!X

21.10.11 Keep going guys! Good luck and watch out for Yetis / the Yeti.

20.10.11 totally in awe of what your attempting for such a great cause. good luck x


17.10.11 Good luck x

14.10.11 Good luck guys xx

14.10.11 the very best to both of you, we know you'll do miffy proud xx

13.10.11 Good Luck Lewis! xx

10.10.11 What an inspirational challenge in memory of an amazing person. You certainly don't pick the easy options Lewis! I wish you all the luck in the world with this challenge and you know that Steph will be with you every step of the way. Xxx

10.10.11 good luck!!!!!xxxx


06.10.11 Fair play Aaron and Lewis - there's not many could do this! It's for a great cause and I wish ye all the best!

05.10.11 Good luck guys and a very good cause in memory a great lass.


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