Priors Are Raising Money For Scleroderma In Memory Of Martin Foley
April 2, 2014
PRIORS ARE RAISING MONEY FOR SCLERODERMA IN MEMORY OF MARTIN FOLEY
Priors will donate £1 from every transaction to this cause.
If you would like to donate and every little bit helps, go to Martin’s page Just Giving
My husband and joint founder of Priors passed away in November after a 12 year struggle with the rare and horrible disease Scleroderma. I am working with my family to raise as much as we can for this great cause during 2014 in Martin’s memory. We hope he would be proud of us.
Never heard of Scleroderma? Neither had we until Martin was diagnosed with the condition over 12 years ago by a very clever consultant who was determined to get to the bottom of his health problems. He said, “you have Scleroderma, good luck with that!”
Scleroderma (which comes from the Greek meaning ‘hard skin’) is a connective tissue disease that affects the skin and other major internal organs. Excess collagen is laid down in these organs which in turn results in scarring and reduced normal function of the affected organs.
Martin had the disease in his small bowel and oesopagus. The walls of his digestive system gradually lost their push over the years, and eventually he became unable to eat. He suffered constant bouts of sickness, coupled with terrible indigestion and was incredibly resiliant and brave.
Although he had incredible support and medical care, it is a rare condition which the medics know very little about. To be diagnosed with Scleroderma is a voyage into the unknown and it makes the condition even more difficult to live with.
Significant advances have been made into the understanding of the condition but precise causes are not fully understood. Much more research is needed to help sufferers of Scleroderma. We want to do our bit to raise money for more research and to help others who suffer. In August I am riding in the Prudential 100 cycle for team Scleroderma and I hope to raise lots of money. If you would like to sponsor me or to give to this charity here is Martin’s Just Giving page.
If you would like to donate and every little bit helps go to Martin’s page Just Giving