IN SUPPORT OF
The Back the Back Walk is to raise awareness of Scoliosis, as well as funds for the two charities I have chosen that support research and patients undergoing treatment. I walked the Pennine Way, known as the 'Backbone of Britain', to do so. Find out more about the walk here.
WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS?
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. It can develop at any point in a person’s life, and often the cause is unknown. The most common type is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (what I had) with women being more susceptible. Once a curve gets to a certain point, it is likely that it will continue to increase as gravity is always pulling down. This could eventually lead to a reduced chest cavity and lung capacity, muscle pain and, in almost every case, has an effect on bodily appearance, for example a visible curve in the spine or one shoulder being higher than the other.
Read more about Scoliosis here.
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The RNOH Charity
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital is where I had my surgery 8 years ago, making The RNOH Charity very special to me. The charity raises money to help the hospital provide world-class care for patients, as well as supporting the hospital's pioneering work in orthopaedic research and education. The RNOH is among the top three centres in the world for the diagnosis and treatment of many complex orthopaedic conditions, including acute hip and knee problems, bone cancer, and spinal cord injuries. Every year they treat thousands of children who undergo surgical procedures, ranging from spinal corrections like mine to the lifesaving removal of cancerous tumours. Please consider supporting this amazing place.
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Scoliosis Campaign Fund
Registered Charity Number 1166129
The Scoliosis Campaign Fund raises money to support people with Scoliosis and their families. SCF is a joint fundraising venture between the British Scoliosis Research Foundation, who fund research, and the Scoliosis Association (UK), a patient support charity. There is still little understanding of Scoliosis, which can make it difficult for people to access the care and information that they need, and can leave them feeling isolated. The Scoliosis Campaign Fund allows SAUK to continue its work supporting people with Scoliosis so that no-one has to go through it alone, and allows BSRF to continue financing research into finding the causes of Scoliosis and treatments to improve quality of life for patients.
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Registered Charity Number 285290
All profits from the Back the Back Walk will be divided equally between the two causes.
Click here if you would like to sponsor the walk.