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Man to cycle 530 kilometres to save cystic fibrosis sufferers | UK | News

Man to cycle 530 kilometres to save cystic fibrosis sufferers | UK | News

Devoted dad Bob Clarke is cycling 530 kilometres from Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh To Angkor Wat in Cambodia … to save cystic fibrosis patients like his treasured daughter.  And CF-sufferer Sophie Clarke, 29, has told the Daily Express how her dad is a “hero” after raising over £32,000 over the years for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust charity with a series of tough challenges.  Now CF sufferers can take NHS wonder drugs like Kaftrio to alleviate the worst symptoms of the disease – but when Sophie was growing up there were none – and 12 years ago aged 17 she needed a double lung transplant. Over the years father-of-two Bob, 61, has vowed to help the generation of sufferers and in September he’s cycling over tough terrain in 12 days from Vietnam to Cambodia, to raise over £3,000 for the CF Trust. Dad Bob Clarke on one of his cycling challenges (Image: handout) Bob, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, told us: “When Sophie was born it was a time when there were no treatments to help with …

The Pandas at the National Zoo Became Part of My Family

The Pandas at the National Zoo Became Part of My Family

In the summer of 2014, I was sitting at my desk when I received an email from my mom. “She was being so naughty today,” Mom wrote. “She was jumping off a platform onto Mommy’s head.” The “she” in this message, I knew, was referring to the giant panda Bao Bao, who had been born at the National Zoo the summer before and who had been the subject of our emails, text messages, and adoration for nearly a year. At the time, I was 28 years old, building a career in Washington, D.C. My mom was 58 and nearing the end of a second career in labor advocacy in Oklahoma. Her first had been to raise me and my brother. But an abnormal chest X-ray was a harbinger of tragedy for our family. Three years later, she would undergo a lung transplant. She died from complications just two years after that. But back then, sitting at desks half a country apart, we each kept the Smithsonian Giant Panda Cam on our computer screens and sent …