Run For Tyler: OB Staff Raise Funds for Children’s Hospital
Andrew Coombs and Jan Rygielski of officebroker.comΓÇÖs IT team are lacing up their trainers for a 13-mile half-marathon around Birmingham City Centre in aid of Birmingham ChildrenΓÇÖs Hospital.
AndrewΓÇÖs newborn son Tyler (pictured) was born on 10th March 2012 with a hole in his heart, which they later discovered was the result of Ventricular Septum Defect (VSD).
This year, Andrew and his wife Becky have spent a great deal of time at Birmingham ChildrenΓÇÖs Hospital (BCH), where Tyler has been undergoing tests and regular monitoring. Finally, he was taken in for open heart surgery.
TylerΓÇÖs surgery went well and he is now recovering nicely, thanks to the talents of his award-winning surgeon Mr David Barron. Throughout this difficult time, the dedicated BCH team went out of their way to support the Coombs family and help see Tyler back to good health.
ΓÇÿRun For TylerΓÇÖ
Now Andrew and his colleague Jan are taking part in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run to raise money for the BCH under the banner, ΓÇÿRun For TylerΓÇÖ. So far, they have raised ┬ú600 for the hospital and its associated charities.
3-4 times a week for the past couple of months, Andrew and Jan have been lacing up their trainers and going out to prepare for the half-marathon that will take place on 21st October 2012.
And once theyΓÇÖve made it over 13 miles around Birmingham City Centre, how do they plan to celebrate?
ΓÇ£Die,ΓÇ¥ says Jan, who is less than optimistic about his chances of making the finish line in the same state from which he left the start line.
ΓÇ£ThereΓÇÖs talk of everyone going to the pub,ΓÇ¥ says Andrew. ΓÇ£IΓÇÖm not sure I can do that though, not after a half-marathon. I think IΓÇÖll just go to an all-you-can-eat buffet and restore my energy levels!ΓÇ¥
Do You Want to Donate?
If youΓÇÖve encountered the good works of BCH or if you just want to lend your support to the Coombs family in aid of TylerΓÇÖs recovery, hereΓÇÖs how you can donate:
And if you want to catch the half-marathon, it kicks off at 10am on Sunday 21st October near Victoria Square.
If you donΓÇÖt live in the Birmingham area, you can also catch the Bupa Great Birmingham Run on TV, as it will be followed live on Channel 5!