Fifteen members of staff from the Trauma and Orthopaedics department at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary are gearing up to take part in Pretty Muddy 5k Preston on Saturday 16 June.
They’re all raising money for local five-year-old Phoebe Roskell, who has a very rare genetically inherited disorder called Dyskeratosis Congenita (DC).
Phoebe is the niece of the department’s Trauma Co-ordinator Sara Lavis who will take part in the event. The team – who will call themselves the Trauma Troopers – will have to complete a variety of gruelling activities, including scrambling over an A-frame and crawling through a mud pit.
In May 2017, Phoebe became ill with bone marrow failure but was not diagnosed with DC, a complex and incurable disorder that prematurely ages cells and organs, until late July 2017. She had a bone marrow transplant on 1 December 2017. Woody, Phoebe’s brother, donated his stem cells to save his little sister’s life.
The money raised will go to DC Outreach (USA) which is the leader in the condition and offer support to families all over the world. The Trauma Troopers are also raising money for Cancer Research UK and have raised over £500 so far.
The Pretty Muddy Preston course follows a fantastic route filled with obstacles around the well-kept Moor Park. It features of a mixture of terrains running across grass and paths, circling the Serpentine Lake and passing Preston North End Football Club. The meeting point is central to the course with plenty of opportunities for friends and family to cheer you on along the way. This venue always provides a fantastic atmosphere for everyone.
Phoebe’s aunty Sara Lavis, Trauma Co-ordinator, University Hospitals of Morecambe Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said: “I’m touched by the support of my colleagues, I’m inspired by Phoebe to do the best I can. This is a massive challenge for me but it is nothing in comparison to what Phoebe has had to go through and continues to go through on a daily basis. I feel this an opportunity to help and raise awareness.”
Colleague Kerry Anderson, Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner, who will lead the Trauma Troopers, said: “I wanted to get the team together to do something to boost morale and bring us together. I wanted it to be something fun but something that was still a challenge for those taking part.
“Every person suffering from any life limiting condition faces more than just a 5k. We were so touched by the story of local girl Phoebe Roskell we decided to raise money for her. Some of the team will also be raising money for Cancer Research UK.”
Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “It is heart-warming that the team are taking part in the Pretty Muddy 5k Preston to raise money for such great causes.
“Dyskeratosis Congenita is a very complex, incurable condition that causes premature ageing of cells and organs. It is a condition that can lead to bone marrow failure, lung fibrosis, liver cirrhosis and abnormalities of skin and nails, among other conditions.
“Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.”
People can donate money to DC Outreach at https://www.gofundme.com/n7cv9b-phoebes-fund and for Cancer Research UK at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/trauma-troopers
You can read all about Phoebe’s story at https://www.gofundme.com/n7cv9b-phoebes-fund and follow her story on #bemorepheebs
The site’s Trauma and Orthopaedics department sees varying ages of patients with many trauma related injuries. Trauma theatre and emergency lists run on a daily basis. Orthopaedic patients are also seen in an outpatient clinic. These may be new referrals from ED of referrals from GP’s.