Over 300 people gathered at Strathclyde Park on Saturday to ‘Walk a Mile for Kyle’.
The event took place in aid of ‘Kyle’s Fund’ set up up by the family of Bellshill youngster Kyle Keeney (4) who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in January.
Muscular dystrophy causes muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increased disability, it not only affects the limbs but also the lungs and is currently life-shortening.
However, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is currently trying to raise £1.6 million by 2015 to fund research into a cure for Duchenne, with ‘Kyle’s Fund’ aiming to raise £6,000 for the cause.
Walk a Mile for Kyle was organised by Louise Williams of Bumble Bee Nursery which Kyle attends. He and mum Jenna, dad Kevin and sister Nicole were joined by the nursery’s children, families and all the staff.
Also in attendance were Jenna and Kevin’s friends and family and Muscular Dystrophy Campaigns supporters as well as families who have sons with Duchenne who went along to support the Keeney family.
Louise said: “The turnout was absolutely fantastic, we wanted to use the event to raise awareness about the condition and I think we achieved that, as well as showing we do what we can to help a member of the Bumble Bee family who needs it.
“The response from our parents was overwhelming and they were really keen to help and support Kyle and his family and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.”
Natalie Macaulay of Muscular Dystrophy Campaign added: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Louise at the Bumble Bee nursery for all her hard work and to everyone who came along to the event.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Keeney will lead a team of 23 runners as they tackle the Edinburgh marathon next month to further boost ‘Kyle’s Fund’.
To show your support text KYLE81 to 70070 or visit Just Giving