A LITTLE boy whose daily battle against cystic fibrosis doesn’t dampen his mischievous spirit has inspired a charity bike ride.
Family and friends of South Kirkby youngster Kian Curtis-Morrell, two, have already raised hundreds of pounds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, but next year will take on a near 100-mile cycle challenge in his honour.
The bike ride from South Elmsall to Skegness, which will be led by Kian’s dad David Curtis, will set off in March next year and is expected to take 12 hours.
Kian’s grandfather David Curtis Snr, has previously organised two charity nights for the trust, which funds research and supports families.
Along with Kian’;s grandmother Joan, Mr Curtis has nominated his grandson for an Express Champion Children award for the way he copes with his illness.
Kian was diagnosed with the incurable disease when he was just six weeks old but has never complained about his hospital visits or having to take regular medication.
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.
Mr Curtis, 70, of Church Mount, South Kirkby, said: “He is a little champion after dealing with what he goes through. He can be a little devil but we love him to bits.”
Kian was taken into Leeds General Infirmary earlier this month with breathing difficulties, but it is hoped he will be out by the weekend.
He said: “When he is in hospital and is given lots of medicines to take he just does it, as though they are sweets.”
“And when he is out of hospital he still has to have four lots of medicine in a morning, which he takes without causing a fuss.
“Kian is a little battler and just gets on with things.”
The Express Champion Children Awards recognise the bravery, kindness and determination of youngsters in our area.
Now is your final chance to nominate the special children who you think deserve the chance to shine, as nominations close tomorrow.
There are no categories, so nominations can be for anything that makes a child a champion in your eyes, from putting others first, to excellent academic achievement, helping in the community, caring for a loved one, battling illness or triumphing over adversity in any way at all.
A panel of judges will sit after the closing date and choose the youngsters who will become our Champion Children.
They will be invited to attend the award ceremony with their family at Theatre Royal Wakefield on Friday, December 14.
To nominate a child, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01924 433013.