Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Walk a mile in someone else's shoes..

hip dysplasia, cast life, DDH
Natalie Trice and her son Lucas,
the inspiration behind the first Warrior Walk.
Finding your baby has a chronic condition that could affect the rest of their life is every parent's nightmare. And for mum Natalie Trice, the hardship of discovering her son Lucas suffered from developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) when he was just four months old was exacerbated by the realisation that there was little information and support for parents like her.

DDH occurs when the hip joint fails to develop correctly and two to three in every 1,000 infants will require treatment. To date, Lucas has had five major operations and spent over a year in casts, harnesses and wheelchairs - and is still on his treatment path. 

While caring for her son, Natalie founded DDH UK, the UK’s only DDH-dedicated charity, to support families on their journey towards healthy hips and wrote 'Cast Life - A Parent's Guide to DDH' too - the resources she wishes she'd had all those years ago. And now Lucas - and his school, the Stover School in Devon, are hoping to raise the £5,000 needed to register the charity he inspired with the Charity Commission. 

'If I can walk a mile for healthy hips, anyone can.'

And that's exactly what this brave little seven-year-old and his classmates and teachers will do on March 1st when they host the very first Warrior Walk - raising funds for - and awareness of - this life-changing condition. The school hope the mile walk will become an annual event - spreading out from the school into the local community and far beyond. The money raised will allow the charity to take it's work further and continue to allow it help parents and patients around the world. 

If you'd like to join in the Warrior Walk - or organise your own Walk at your school, workplace or community go to DDH UK, or email natalie@ddh-uk.org for sponsor forms and marketing materials.