THE mother of a four-year-old schoolboy with cystic fibrosis has led an army of runners across East Lancashire in a bid to find her son a cure.
Louise Fitzpatrick and more than 30 others undertook the 10km run from the Waggoners Inn, Clowbridge to the Whitchaff, Rawtenstall.
Her son Archie, who has just started at Crawshawbooth Primary School, has to take 30 tablets a day before he eats, as well as having daily physiotherapy to remove the mucus covering his internal organs.
Housewife Louise, 38, of Chapel View, Loveclough said: “I decided to organise the run to support the great work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
"My little boy Archie was the inspiration.
“The trust was receiving funding from the Government to research a cure.
“The end was in sight but they had to cancel funding, leading to a shortfall of £6million.
“I really hope people support the trust as finding a cure is imperative.”
Archie, who tackles his condition without complaint, joined supporters to cheer his mum during the run.
Lousie added: “Archie is definitely a character.
"He is my very special little man who handles his condition brilliantly.
“He has only just started asking questions about why he has to take all the tablets and we tell him it’s because he is so special.”
Archie lives with his mum, dad George and brothers Jack, nine and 15-moth-old Will.
The runners hope to raise more than £3,200 in sponsorship and make the run an annual event.
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