Ten years ago today, on 4 March 2003 the world lost a cheeky, inspirational young man called Adam Vaughan. My cousin’s son Adam was just 18 years old when he lost his lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited disease. Despite spending large parts of his short life in hospital Adam never once complained, not even of a headache.
I am doing my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge in memory of Adam to try and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and awareness about this disease. Cystic Fibrosis affects over 9,000 youngsters in the UK and there is presently no cure. Approximately 25% of children affected by Cystic Fibrosis pass away before they become adults and although the life expectancy of Cystic Fibrosis patients continues to increase the average life expectancy is still only 30 to 40 years.
The first person to commit to sponsoring my 2013 mile challenge has committed to 1p per mile (£20.13 in total) and this got me thinking. I am hoping that as many as possible of those reading this will commit to do the same and the best thing is, if each person does this on a “pay as you go” type approach all you will need to part with is approx £2 just after each pay day. In January I completed 205.9 miles and in February I completed a further 200.9 miles. If you can please spare £4.07 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust it will be greatly appreciated.
The easiest way to give your sponsorship is to visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/2012-AYearWithoutBeer-CF.
2013 Miles in 2013 – The rules
The rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge are quite simple:
- All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
- I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment
To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.