Chris Senior

Charity

Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the UK's only national charity dealing with all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis. It funds research to treat the symptoms of CF and to find an effective treatment. It also aims to ensure appropriate healthcare for those with Cystic Fibrosis and provides information, advice and support to people with CF and their families across the UK. Cystic Fibrosis is one of the most common, life-threatening diseases in the UK. It affects over 9,000 people and 1 in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis. If two carriers start a family, each child has a 1 in 4 chance of having Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick, sticky mucus making it hard to breathe and to digest food. People with Cystic Fibrosis have to endure a rigorous daily treatment regime including physiotherapy to clear the chest, inhaled and injected drugs to thin the mucus and fight infections and dozens of enzyme pills to help digest food. Each week, five babies are born with CF and sadly, each week three young lives are lost. Only half of those with Cystic Fibrosis are likely to live past their late 30s, but a baby born today can expect to live longer. We seek to continually improve standards of care for people with CF; we commission cutting-edge clinical and scientific research; and provide practical and accurate information to people with CF and their families. None of this would be possible without the support of the CF community and the generosity of the public.
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Chris Senior's fundraising page

Fundraiser: 
Chris Senior

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/chrissenior

Hi guys, thanks for visiting my page to make a donation. Between us we can really make a difference to the next generation of kids with CF. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do take a minute or two to read the follow. Cheers. x

 

Name: Chris Senior

 

Age: 26

 

Gender: Male

 

Occupation: Drummer

 

General info: 26 yrs ago I was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). This was diagnosed when I was 6months old because of a collapsed right lung and pneumonia. I'm not in any way "unlucky" or "hard done by".... but I am asking for your help. Living with CF is a big burden, and in the last 12 months, finding a cure has really been something close to my heart (for reasons I won't go into now). I have always been involved in research as much as I could, but really, I could do more. That's one of the reasons why I'm doing this marathon, and why I pledged to raise over £10,000 in sponsorship.

 

See, running has always been something that's killed me. It physically hurts and it's not enjoyable in any way. I've always said "I can't do cardio.... strength, sure, but cardio... NO!" However, it's THIS reason why I think I should do the marathon.

 

This past year has been an especially tough one, and has given me new challenges in dealing with my CF. I wouldn't even entertain the THOUGHT of doing a marathon a while back, let alone actually TRY it! This led me to think differently.... See, I've never TRIED... I've just told myself I couldn't. So, what I'm going to do is TRY and be proved one way or the other. I'll either collapse from lack of blood sugar or break my knees (actually quite likely given the state of them!) and not be able to finish.... OR, I'll finish!

If I fail, well at least I've tried and I know now. But if I succeed then who knows what's possible?!

 

You may also want to know that I got the call to let me know I was in only a week ago, so I have just over 3 months to train. In fact as I write this the countdown timer on this page says "89days"! 

I have not come from a running background. The most I could muster back in school was a quick 100m! I have been advised AGAINST running as people think it'll cause injury and I won't have enough time to train properly. While this may be true, I've been given an opportunity here and I'm not going to waste it.

 

Three reasons why I want to do this are:

 

  • To raise money and awareness for CF so that hopefully, one day (maybe in my lifetime) we might find a cure, so that no other person has to endure parts of a life that I and other CF sufferers have had to.
  • To prove to myself that I can do it... (or at least go down swinging!)
  • To get as fit and healthy as possible!

 

I've encountered a great deal of pain in my life, both physical and psychological and I would wish it on no-one. So if by me doing this marathon, as pain staking as it will be, I can contribute to finding a cure, then it would have been worth it.

 

I will not enjoy this experience. I will not enjoy the training OR the race. BUT I will not give up. It's going to hurt, like hell. My lungs will burn, my knees will hurt (due to an antibiotic I had to take as a kid) and oxygen deprivation will no doubt set it pretty early. There'll be tears, no doubt some injury and most likely some bleeding lungs. (sorry to be graphic but that's my reality!) But none of that even comes close to what people with CF have to go through in their lives almost every day. I do have the privilege to say that I've kept myself pretty healthy and I'm WAY better off than a lot of CF sufferers out there. So this is for them.

 

My pledge to is that I will run the London Marathon on April 17th and I will complete it in less than 4hrs 30mins  with just over 3months of training. 

 

If I don't then I don't feel I deserve your money. If I have not given it my all, If I have not given something of myself, then why should you give?? It's your hard earned cash you'll be donating and I wouldn't expect it for nothing. But I do ask, please, that you do as I will be doing every time my trainers hit the tarmac in training, and on the day itself.... Dig deep and give it all you got, and together, hopefully we can make a difference to lives of people with CF.

 

Thanks for reading my story and look out for me on the day. I'll be the skinhead with the big tattoo crying his eyes out!!

 

 

Chris 

Recent donors

24.06.11

10.06.11 From a bunch of guys who know Chris Senior including Mag Johson, Geoff Walton and Paula Weekes to name a few..... good work on your achievements boy!

04.05.11 Your Uncle took great pictures of our Street Party - fantastic achievement, we know how difficult life can be for those with Cystic Fibrosis - keep up this drive you will succeed.

03.05.11 Well done Chris, we knew you could do it!

30.04.11

29.04.11 Congratulations, you've done amazingly! You're an inspiration to all of us and you should be so proud of yourself xx

28.04.11 Chris - Amazing job mate - Inspirational stuff! Well done from Steve Manlow (Concept)

26.04.11 I haven't sponsored anyone this yera and you've done very well. (I work with your dad)

25.04.11 An inspiration to all of us. Top man.

25.04.11 Well done. A fantastic achievement.

22.04.11 Well done Chris!

22.04.11 Well done Chris!

22.04.11 Well done Chris!

22.04.11 You are truly awesome.Congratulations from Lisa's mates at work.X

21.04.11 Well done Chris

21.04.11 This is for a fantastic achievement, well done

21.04.11 Massive congratulations Chris. Sorry I didn't catch you on your way round but I'm full of admiration.

20.04.11 Congratulations - fantastic achievement.

19.04.11

19.04.11 Fantastic! Well done son. We're all so proud. You showed your usual true grit and determination. Love you lots.

19.04.11 Chris, many many congrats on your huge achievement. You should feel immensely proud of yourself!

18.04.11 Many congratulations Chris - such a great achievement. You should be extremely proud of yourself.

18.04.11

17.04.11 Well done Chris - top effort mate!!

17.04.11 good luck chris, all the best, you are a very brave man,!:))

£8,732.81

Running total

Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£10,268.71
Total donors:
159
Last donor:
Lindsey & Stef Venter
24.06.11  
Offline fundraising:
£0.00