Read the amazing Louise's story of the challenge she set herself in honour of 22q11 Ireland. We are so grateful for her and all of our fundraisers
"A year ago today, I didn't own a bike! I had only cycled once in the previous 15 years!! yesterday I cycled 180km around the Ring of Kerry.
The last few months training have been pretty tough, there has been sweat, smiles, frustration, tears and fears. It was all worth it in the end!!
My main motivation for this cycle is my little nephew Jay. Jay was diagnosed with 22q last year. When I look back on the last year and how much he has been through I can't imagine how tough it is for him. Imagine being told as a 5 year old that you can't eat or drink anymore!! That's the reality for Jay. He is one amazingly brave little 5 year old boy who has adjusted so well to life with his 'tubey'. He is an inspiration to us all.
When I'm struggling through training and feel like giving up, I think of Jay and all he has been through, he doesn't have the option to give up and he is still smiling!!
The charity that I have chosen to support 22q Ireland have been a great support to my sister, her husband and to Jason over the past year. There isn't much knowledge about 22q in Ireland, therefore, it is crucial that we raise as much awareness as possible so people can get the support they need. I would very much appreciate your support in helping me to raise funds for 22q."