The parents of a 13-year-old girl were left “heartbroken” after their daughter fell seriously ill.
It was normal for 13-year-old Lauren Menzies when she developed flu symptoms, which rapidly worsened.
Mum Sarah explained: “Our daughter, Lauren, was a typical cheeky beautiful and healthy 13-year-old girl. Then she caught the flu, which then turned to sepsis. One minute she was laid on the settee at home, watching Modern Family and complaining about the flavour of Lucozade she had been bought. Less than 12 hours later she was fighting for her life at Alder Hey. A fight that unfortunately she was to lose, less than six days later,” reports The Irish Mirror.
Heartbroken Lauren’s mum and dad Sarah and Chris set up a JustGiving page in honor of their daughter, reports The Irish Mirror.
They hope to raise money for Sepsis Research FEAT, a charity founded in 2013 and which describes the condition as a “hidden killer”. So far, £500 has been raised towards the ultimate goal of £5,000.
Colin Graham, Chief Operating Officer of Sepsis Research FEAT, said: “A huge thank you to Chris and Sarah for generously raising money to help Sepsis Research FEAT’s work. Fundraising activities like this play a vital role in the fight against sepsis. As Sepsis Research FEAT marks its 10th anniversary this year, we’re asking you to consider joining Chris and Sarah in being part of our birthday celebrations and raising money to support an important cause,” reports The Irish Mirror.
Chris and Sarah said: “We are raising money for Sepsis Research FEAT in memory of our daughter Lauren, who died from sepsis aged 13. We want to concentrate our fundraising efforts going forward towards research into treatments for sepsis. That is why we have decided to join with Sepsis Research FEAT in their fundraising initiatives: to improve outcomes for those affected by sepsis,” reports The Irish Mirror.
Chris and Sarah are organizing various fundraising events in her memory this year. The first is the Adventure Challenge that Chris is busy training for and will involve him in a series of three mixed-terrain triathlons, touted as some of the toughest in the country.
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