Story: This will be Declan’s very first Great Manchester Run but Declan is no stranger to RMCH Charity. In fact, Declan and his family have raised more than £16,000 for the cause over the years.
Declan is a long-term patient who has had 15 operations in his 16 years of life and has suffered intestinal complications since birth. He has been treated for a number of conditions and since he was born has been treated for cystic adenoid malformation of lung, meningitis, sepsis, hearing loss, sleep apnoea and as a newborn needed life-saving surgery on a twisted intestine. He also has an aggressive form of adhesions and suffers complications with blockages in his bowel.
He said: “The hospital is a huge part of my life and I’ll never be able to thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me – they truly are the reason I am alive today.”
Declan is representing 2013 as this was the year he started Declan’s Decathlon – ten events to raise money for RMCH Charity. This will be his tenth and final event so 2019 really will be a year of 10s for both Declan and the hospital.
Declan’s thoughts on Team 10: "I feel so honoured to have been asked to be a member of Team 10. I’m so excited to be part of this special 10th birthday team. I just want to do the very best I can on the day to make them proud and spread awareness for the hospital."