A Borough girl who received life-saving care for her lung condition at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) will take part in a 5k race on May 15 to raise money for them, writes Alex Yeates…
Amecia Hytlon, ten, was born at 25 weeks and weighed just 1lb 7oz, with a chronic lung disease leaving her in need of frequent hospital visits.
After a year her condition worsened to needing ten days on an ECMO machine to replicate her lung function.
GOSH’s care helped her to recover and now Amecia wants to say thank you by raising money in the Royal Bank of Canada’s Race for the Kids 5k at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with her family. Amecia’s mum, Caroline, said: “It was so frightening to see her in this way but the doctors and nurses were so lovely they really helped us during a very difficult time.
“They took the time out just to prepare us, they were amazing, you just had every confidence that Amecia was in the right place and they would do what they could for her.”
A record 10,000 people are expected to take part this year with the money raised helping to fund new world-class facilities at GOSH. Alison Rulton, Senior Fundraising Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “We’re thrilled that Amecia and her family are taking part this year. “All the money raised will help us make a real difference to seriously ill children and their families from across the UK, so we’d like to say a big thank you to the family for their support.
“The RBC Race for the Kids is a fantastic family fun run, with people of all ages and abilities getting involved. It’s a great day out, with activities and entertainment for all the family.”
To sponsor Amecia visit, http://events.gosh.org/site/TR?px=1108142&fr_id=1160&pg=personal