Char­ity ball will help raise funds for re­search into Crohn’s dis­ease

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A brave Cam­bus­lang boy has helped or­gan­ise a char­ity night to raise cash for re­search into Crohn’s dis­ease.

Ai­dan McArthur (10) was di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion last Novem­ber.

But the young­ster, who stays in Sil­ver­banks Court, hasn’t let it get his spir­its down, and a char­ity ball will be held at Fratelli’s in Cam­bus­lang on Satur­day, May 9.

Mum Donna, who works at Mar­ion Rooney’s hair­dresser in Cam­bus­lang Main Street, is hop­ing money raised on the night can go to­wards on­go­ing re­search at Yorkhill Chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal into the dis­ease.

Hall­side Pri­mary pupil Ai­dan is one of a num­ber of young­sters cur­rently tak­ing part in a study on Crohn’s and col­i­tis at Yorkhill, that’s aim­ing to find a cure.

He was di­ag­nosed with the ill­ness last year af­ter be­ing ill for sev­eral months. Donna said: “It was a shock. “He’d been ill for 10 months and even­tu­ally they found out it was Crohn’s dis­ease.

“It is be­com­ing more com­mon in kids and younger peo­ple, and the tests he’s do­ing just now they’re hop­ing to find a cure.

“Be­cause he’s so young he’s just taken it all in his stride.

“He’s been re­ally brave - there are days when he’s re­ally ill but he just gets on with it.

“I know there’s a lot of kids worse off than my Ai­dan, but it can be ter­ri­ble some days and he just keeps go­ing.

“He lost over a stone be­fore he was di­ag­nosed and he was bleed­ing all the time, but he is do­ing a lot bet­ter now.”

Crohn’s dis­ease is a long- term con­di­tion that causes in­flam­ma­tion of the lining of the di­ges­tive sys­tem.

It can cause fa­tigue, weight loss and di­ar­rhoea, among other is­sues.

There are cur­rently at least 115,000 peo­ple living with the con­di­tion in the UK.

Donna be­lieves the tests Ai­dan is un­der­go­ing could help find a cure for the con­di­tion.

She said: “Peo­ple some­times put down Crohn’s as be­ing ’only Crohn’s’ but it can re­ally have some ter­ri­ble ef­fects.

“When Ai­dan was di­ag­nosed he was hav­ing to go on a liq­uid diet of four milk­shakes a day.

“There’s a lot of pain and tired­ness, and he can get chronic fa­tigue too.

“As part of the tests they’re go­ing to fol­low him for two years, look­ing at urine sam­ples and diet sheets - it could re­ally help kids in the fu­ture and he wants to be part of that, that’s why he wanted to do the fundraiser.”

The Fratelli’s fundraiser prom­ises to be a lively night, with sev­eral things planned.

Donna added: “It’s go­ing to be a char­ity ball.

“We’ll try and get a few foot­ballers there, peo­ple from River City and a cou­ple of oth­ers.

“There’ll be raf­fles with some re­ally good prizes, some cabaret, things like that - there’ll be a few en­ter­tain­ers there. “

Tick­ets for the bash are cur­rently on-sale, priced at £20.

They can be bought from Mar­ion Rooney’s hair­dresser in the Main Street.

If any­one can’t make the night but still wants to make a do­na­tion to the wor­thy cause, then Donna has a Just Giv­ing page set up.

It’s at www.just­giv­ing.com/Don­naMcArthur

Brav­ery Donna McArthur with son Ai­dan (10) and daugh­ter Ella (6)

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