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Brutal challenge for friend's daughter
9:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
MIDDLE Wallop helicopter mechanic Stuart Crawford will be competing in the Brutal Double Triathlon in Snowdonia to raise money for a friend’s daughter.
The event, on 21 September, begins with a 4.8-mile swim followed by a 224-mile cycle and finishes with a 52-mile run, the start of which is an ascent/descent of Snowdon and he is hoping to complete this in 40 hours or less.
Stuart said: “I’m doing this to help raise funds for my friend’s daughter Beatrice who suffers from type 2 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
“SMA is the number one genetic killer of children in the UK and there is no known cure and pharmaceutical companies are not interested in investment in research to find one, as it is classed as an orphan disease.
“Beatrice is an amazing four-year-old girl and she’s one of the luckier ones with SMA, as she stands a chance of making it to early adulthood and possibly beyond.
“Statutory bodies are unable to fund a variety of things that she needs – for example, her powered chair costs £20,292 and must be replaced every five years, so fundraising is an ongoing project.”
Stuart is 42 and married with two boys aged four and two and is a civilian helicopter mechanic at Middle Wallop.
Previously he has finished four iron distance races and one double iron distance and is a member of the triathlon club BCTTT.com.
Visit justgiving.com/ StuCrawford-vs-theBrutal to donate.
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