A LOVING grandfather has organised two charity events to help raise awareness of cystic fibrosis.
David Curtis, of Church Mount, South Kirkby, was heartbroken when he found out his grandson Kian had the incurable disease so decided to try and raise money to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Doctors diagnosed Kian, who is now 18 months old, when he was just six weeks old.
Mr Curtis, 69, said: “He has to have four lots of medicine in a morning and just takes it without moaning or causing a fuss. He is so brave so I wanted to do something to help.”
Cystic fibrosis causes the body to produce thick secretions that particularly affect the lungs and digestive tract.
Symptoms include a troublesome cough, repeated chest infections, prolonged diarrhoea and poor weight gain.
The grandfather-of-five said: “If I could take it off him so he didn’t have to have it, I would in an instant.”
Mr Curtis said Kian was as active as any other child, but may have to have a lung transplant in later life.
He said: “He is such a lovely little boy, you would never know he is ill.
“We will just have to hope and pray he will be ok.”
The first event is a race night with karaoke at the Frickley Athletic Football Club, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, on March 31.
And the second is a family fun day at the Church House, Barnsley Road, South Kirkby, on April 8.
There will be a bouncy castle, face painting and other children’s activities.
He hopes to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
Any businesses or companies that would like to donate raffle prizes, or anyone wanting more details of the events, contact Mr Curtis on 01977 648203.