Our fight for Ryan is a Family Fund set up by Claire and Cieran Chidzey for their son, Ryan, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Ryan is a bright, happy and intelligent 3 year old boy with a love of paw patrol and superheroes. He is a typical young boy with a bubbly personality and boundless energy. On Tuesday 24 January 2017, the family received confirmation of Ryan’s diagnosis, a result that has shocked the whole family.

Hearing such devastating news is completely heart-breaking. You plan your child’s future with hopes and dreams then it all comes crashing down.

Immediately the family have set about to make a difference. Claire and Cieran are determined to make sure that Ryan grows up to fulfill his wishes and have launched Our fight for Ryan to raise awareness and vital funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Our aim now is to raise as much money as possible to get it into the hands of the world’s leading scientists who have the best chance of making a cure a reality.

All of the funds raised will go towards the Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund – funding world class research, boosting clinical trial capacity in the UK and supporting the important campaigning activity that will ensure Ryan and others in the UK have access to emerging treatments.

We all have so much love for Ryan, he’s our big boy and we can’t imagine our lives without him

The family have raised more than £13,000 in their first couple of months and have some exciting events planned in the year ahead. A charity evening for Ryan is set to take place on Saturday 3 June and there will be a big family fun run through their village of Gainford on Sunday 25 June. At the end of September, Our fight for Ryan will host their very first black tie event at the George Hotel in Darlington.

How you can help

  • To help Our fight for Ryan on their determined battle to beat Duchenne visit their online fundraising page.
  • If you would like to join their fight and get involved in their latest fundraising activities visit their Facebook page.
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