A BOY’S brave battle against a life-threatening illness has prompted his mum to raise money to help find a cure.
Nine-year-old Jack Laine-Turner was just four weeks old when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
Since then he has undergone a series of treatments, including operations, and managed to keep a smile on his face.
His mum Vicki, 33, of High Street, Thurlby, said: “Jack puts up with the condition every day so to do our bit for the charity is the least we can do.”
Vicki has taken on a series of fundraising challenges for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
She has taken part in three running events and two skydives, as well as holding discos and cake sales. So far she has raised more than £4,000 for the charity and she will tackle her third skydive in September.
Vicki, said: “When we were told Jack had the condition it was a huge shock and very upsetting.
“It’s a hereditary condition and we had no idea at all that we had a carrier in the family.
“Jack has been through so much in his nine years with medical treatment, operations and regular antibiotics.
“I just wanted to give something back to the trust and that’s why I decided to fundraise for them.
“They’ve been very helpful for us and a great source of information, but we still need to find a cure for the disease so funding is vital for them.”
Cystic fibrosis affects the lungs, pancreas, liver and intestines and is the most common life-threatening illness in the UK.
Jack often has difficulty breathing but despite the condition, he gets on well with day-to-day living and his hobbies include football and street dancing.
Jack, who attends Thurlby Primary School, said: “It’s hard for me to breathe but exercise is good for me because it clears out mucus in my lungs.
“I love playing football at school and I like street dancing but I get tired quicker. But that’s OK because I like sleeping.
“I’m really looking forward to the summer holidays and playing with my brothers Jordan and Harry.”
Vicki’s latest event was an ’80s fancy dress disco at Lawrance Park Hall in Thurlby, which raised more than £500.
Her next skydive will take place on September 22 at Sibson Airfield.
She said: “I love sky diving because it’s just so exhilarating.
“I just love free-falling and it always feels amazing, and to know I’m doing it all for a good cause is great.
“I’m very grateful for the support I get.”
To help Vicki with her fundraising, sponsor her at www.justgiving.com/Vicki-Laine-Turner