Greg’s Challenge is a family fund set up by the Shea family for Greg Shea, who has Becker muscular dystrophy.
A devoted sportsman, Greg Shea is keen to use his sporting contacts to help raise awareness of muscle-wasting conditions. Greg was diagnosed with Becker muscular dystrophy in 2010, when he was 19 years old, and he and his family – who are determined to raise as much money as possible to fund research into treatments and cures for muscle-wasting conditions – have set up a Muscular Dystrophy UK Family Fund, Greg’s Challenge.
Greg has loved sports from a young age. A keen rugby player, he was part of a mini rugby team at Guildford RFC until he was 13 years old and he played tennis until he was 15. It was while he was captain of the rugby team at his secondary school that Greg started to notice he was having problems running and showed signs of muscle weakness. After his physiotherapist and sports therapist suggested he go to his GP for some blood tests, he was eventually diagnosed with Becker muscular dystrophy.
Greg is determined that Becker muscular dystrophy won’t get in the way of his love of sport. He attended the Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Games after receiving his diagnosis so he could find out more about wheelchair sports. He progressed in archery for a year before moving on to wheelchair tennis. After training at Kingsley Tennis club and meeting Peter Norfolk OBE, Greg was ready to start competing. He entered the National Development series in 2012-2013 and took part in several tournaments before winning the Kent tournament. Throughout 2013, he was invited to International Tennis Federation tournaments and went on to progress to second place in the Development Finals.
Greg and his family will be organising fundraising events and hope to raise awareness of Muscular Dystrophy UK at wheelchair sports events.
Setting up a family fund like Greg’s Challenge is a great way to fundraise for the Muscular Dystrophy UK to keep our vital research moving forward. Find out more about our family funds.