Flo Filby from Brockenhurst has plenty of reason to feel proud of her dad, Adam. Five years ago, when Flo, then nine, needed a life-saving liver transplant, he donated half of his liver. And on Sunday, he ran the London Marathon, raising over £2500 for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF), the charity which has provided the family with information and support ever since Florence was diagnosed with a rare liver disease.
“CLDF has long been close to my heart,” explains Adam. “I’ve seen first hand the role the charity plays in supporting young people and parents who are affected by childhood liver disease and in raising awareness of these rare conditions. So I thought that running the London Marathon would be a great opportunity to help on both counts.
“It was an amazing day . There was incredible support from the crowd and the other runners every step of those 26.2 miles – there just wasn’t a moment of quiet. I was delighted to finish in four hours 48 minute but most importantly to raise over £2500 for CLDF at a time when funds are much needed.”
Rebecca Cooper, Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation commented: “CLDF is the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases, by providing information and emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected. In order to do this, however, we rely on voluntary donations, so we are delighted and so grateful that Adam has done the London Marathon for us and glad it was such a great experience. And what a wonderful advertisement for living organ donation he is!”
You can still support Adam’s London Marathon challenge by going to Adam Filby is fundraising for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (justgiving.com)
For more information on CLDF visit childliverdisease.org.