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Louise Laurie

9 Day Great Wall of China Trek & British 10K

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[lt]h2[gt]Hi, thanks for visiting my page.[lt]/h2[gt][p]I was diagnosed with [url=http://www.srs.org/patients-and-families/conditions-and-treatments/parents/scoliosis/adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis][b]adolescent idiopathic scoliosis[/b] [/url]when I was 14. [/p][p]Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, in which the spinal column can also twist, pulling the ribcage out of position.[/p][p][lt]img title="My back before surgery" src="http://helpformyscoliosis.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/P1030505-1.jpg" alt="My back before surgery" width="300" height="400" /[gt][/p][p]My scoliosis was considered to be very severe, and as a result, I had to endure a major 10+ hour spinal fusion operation to correct and stablise my scoliosis when I was 24 years old.[/p][p][lt]img title="Scoliosis Xrays" src="http://helpformyscoliosis.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10338705_10100859603929242_8369695799367530738_n-1.jpg" alt="Scoliosis Xrays" width="300" height="225" /[gt][/p][p]My spine was straightened with two titanium rods and 20 something screws and fused in a straighter position. The surgery itself took 11 hours, I was in hospital for two weeks, off work for about 6 months and it took me around a year to fully recover. [/p][p]It was a major operation and recovery was painful and one of the toughest experiences I have ever been through. [/p][p]After the surgery, I had to learn all the basics all over again. I couldn’t even sit up by myself to start with and I had to learn to walk all over again. [/p][p]My scoliosis doesn’t stop me from living my life and even though it causes me pain and discomfort, it doesn’t have to bring me down. [/p][p]In fact, [b]it has made me more determined to succeed[/b] and I have achieved so much since having the surgery that I never thought would be possible.[/p][p][lt]img title="Scoliosis" src="http://helpformyscoliosis.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Scoliosis-Awareness-Day-2017.jpg" alt="Scoliosis" width="300" height="300" /[gt][/p][p]Now, 7 years later, I am doing two things that I never thought I'd be able to do post scoliosis surgery in a bid to raise awareness and money for the [url=http://www.scoliosiscampaignfund.org.uk/downloads/scf-information-sheet.pdf]Scoliosis Campaign Fund.[/url][/p][lt]h1[gt][b]British London 10K[/b][lt]/h1[gt][p][b][lt]img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="http://helpformyscoliosis.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/British-10K-Scoliosis.jpeg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /[gt][/b][/p][p]On 9th July, I am running 10K for scoliosis in the iconic [url=https://uk.virginsport.com/event/westminster-2017/british-10k]London British 10k![/url] This will involve a flat, fast 10K through London's most famed sites. [/p][lt]h1[gt][b]Great Wall of China 9 Day Trek[/b][lt]/h1[gt][p][b][lt]img title="Great Wall of China" src="http://helpformyscoliosis.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Great-Wall-of-China.jpg" alt="Great Wall of China" width="300" height="200" /[gt][/b][/p][p]In October, I will be taking on a massive challenge with a 9 day trek on the Great Wall of China. This will involve 9 days of hiking on challenging and uphill terrain. [/p][p][/p][hr/][p][/p][p]Through these activities, I want to raise awareness of scoliosis. But not only that, I want to inspire others who are suffering with the condition and show that having scoliosis doesn't have to stop you from achieveing your dreams. [/p][p]The [url=http://www.scoliosiscampaignfund.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are-and-we-do]Scoliosis Campaign Fund[/url] raises money to support people with scoliosis and their families, and fund research into finding the causes of scoliosis and treatments to improve quality of life for patients.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]Thanks so much for reading, [/p][lt]h2[gt]Louise X[lt]/h2[gt]

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Event

2017 Virgin Sport Westminster 10k

2017 Virgin Sport Westminster 10k

09 Jul 2017

Charity

Scoliosis Campaign Fund

Scoliosis Campaign Fund

Supporters

29-Nov-2017

Anonymous

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

06-Nov-2017

Rob Perry

Hello Louise, Hope that you have enjoyed your trek and that you continue raise money for your nominated charity. I am sure it was an amazing experience!!

£10.00

03-Nov-2017

Andy D

Well done Louise!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

27-Oct-2017

Anonymous

Well done :-) hope you had a great time!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

27-Oct-2017

Andy C

Well done Louise !

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

27-Oct-2017

Anonymous

Well done Louise, superb effort ! Xxx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

27-Oct-2017

Anonymous

From James Walsh (mabel_and_the_scoliosis_runner) on instagram brother of Kath Jump. We did the challenge last year! Hope you’re having a fab time

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

26-Oct-2017

Anonymous

£10.00

25-Oct-2017

Anonymous

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

24-Oct-2017

Jan

Your awesome Louise hunny love and hugs Jan and shell x

£10.00