A YOUNGSTER suffering from a life-limiting illness is urging people to back her fund-raising efforts – after revealing that she had developed further health problems.
Beth Turner, of St John’s Road, Horninglow, suffers from cystic fibrosis, and told the Mail she had now been told by doctors that she has liver disease, as well as being diagnosed as a diabetic as a result of her illness.
The 19-year-old is now trying to raise vital funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to try to find a treatment for the illness, which currently has no cure.
She said: “Cystic fibrosis is a terminal illness, currently with no cure.
“The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is desperately trying to raise funds for research into gene therapy which will help to find a much needed cure.
“It impacts the heart, lungs and digestive system.
“I have only just recently been released from hospital after a four-week stay.
“I now have liver disease and I am diabetic due to having cystic fibrosis.”
Miss Turner is now pouring all of her energy into fund-raising, a move that will see family members take part in a special skydive – something she wanted to take part in before it was ruled out by doctors.
She added: “My cousin and great auntie have decided to do a skydive in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
“For them to be able to do this they need to raise £600.
“I would like to encourage local businesses to donate towards this cause.”
Cystic fibrosis is the UK’s most life-threatening inherited disease. It affects a patient’s internal organs and thick mucus clogs their lungs. Anyone who would like to help out is urged to call Beth on 07769 995161.