Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.
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[p]***** Iolo and his support riders have done it!! Iolo rode every single mile. What an achievement for everyone!! Massive "Thank you's" to everybody who helped, supported and rode!! *****[/p][p]To see the ride please visit the following link![/p][p][url=https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k8wibAsMQrGry-fRbsvlipE_aYelSE78/view?usp=drivesdk]https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k8wibAsMQrGry-fRbsvlipE_aYelSE78/view?usp=drivesdk[/url] [/p][p] On 28th March 2018 Iolo was admitted into The Children's Hospital for Wales showing signs of Acute Severe Ulcerative Colitis. After some time and despite desperate measures to medicate him, sadly he became critically ill and needed life-saving surgery to remove his bowel in April. [/p][p]For us as family this was the worst time of our lives, spending day and night at his bedside and hoping for a change in his condition. Planning for surgery was scary and preparing Iolo for what to expect, when we were in a fog of thoughts and worries ourselves, was incredibly hard. Then he declined so quickly, we were told our child had hours to live and the surgery had to be brought forward because Iolo's body was shutting down, this was just indescribable. [/p][p]After a 7 hour surgery and the longest, quietest day of our lives, Iolo had the operation. Its's something that is still difficult to come to terms with and a fact we struggle to swallow down even now. We are still not able to re-tell the timeline and events of those days without it reducing us to tears and taking us right back to the scariness of "what might have happened". To be honest, knowing what we know now and how close things came, it's fair to say miracles were truly performed! [/p][p]As Iolo's illness is a life-long chronic condition, it continues to affect him day to day and he is still battling the debilitating affects that comes with having an auto-immune disease. For Iolo and us, this is a struggle to deal with when his symptoms knock him out for days at a time along with the prospect of continued surgery to correct the problems he currently faces as a result of the emergency nature of his first operation. Iolo has some tough decisions to make regarding future outcomes. [/p][p]This is why Iolo wants to help raise awareness by supporting these charities. The charities are a resource for information and support for families who find themselves faced with dealing with these awful chronic diseases and also to acknowledge the wealth of expertise at the hospital itself when it comes to acute and ongoing treatment, especially from our perspective, as we continue to receive exemplary service from Noah’s Ark. [/p][p]Iolo is a tenacious young man and is determined not for his difficulties to affect him as much as he possibly can or curtail the activities he wants to take part in when he is able to, hence this bike ride. [/p][p]The ride is to raise funds for both [b]CICRA[/b], which supports young people and families who are affected by Crohns and Colitis and who specifically research these diseases in children and also [b]The Children's Hospital for Wales[/b] (Noah's Ark Appeal) in recognition of the outstanding medical staff and the treatment Iolo received whilst he was there - which ultimately saved his life. [/p][p]Iolo will be attempting to ride the 100 mile journey from his home in Merthyr Tydfil to Brean Sands in Somerset, over 2 days with members of Dowlais RFC, where Iolo previously played scrum half in the junior section and will finish on the second day to meet them on their annual rugby tour. [/p][p]We very much hope we can raise our target (and hopefully more!), but any contribution is very gratefully received. Thank you for all the support we have personally received so far.[/p][p][br][/p][p](Pictures show Iolo 2 days after his life saving operation, receiving TPN jugular feed to help stabilize him in mid April 18', then on holidays in Menorca at the end of July 18' meeting Sir Richard Branson & Kate Winslet by chance when having an "easy day relaxing" after being released from Mahon hospital the night before, following an emergency ileostomy prolapse!) [/p][p]This boy is amazing![/p]