Darcy is a young woman from Middleton who has had to face up to health challenges and is now challenging the community to help her take an opportunity of a lifetime as she recovers from her illness.
Darcy, who is 14 years old and a student at Cockburn School, suffers from the very rare McCune Albright syndrome. This has caused scar tissue to form on her bones and limited her mobility. Six months ago she underwent an 8 hour operation and whilst her recovery has been a long and gruelling journey, she is now mobile, wheelchair and crutch free, and eager to return to “normal life”.
Darcy has recently been given the opportunity to attend a ‘once in a lifetime’, month-long, Camps International voluntary expedition in Peru in July 2024, where she’ll be contributing to various projects such as digging wells to provide the local communities with clean and safe drinking water, building schools to provide the local children with access to proper education, and building toilet facilities for local communities to provide clean sanitation. Also, as an animal lover, Darcy is most excited about the opportunity to work on wildlife conservation and environmental projects, helping to protect native species and landscapes.
Whilst on this expedition, Darcy will also get the opportunity to fulfil her long held dream to visit the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. This involves a 5-day trek, walking 6 hours per day. Darcy, once again, is very eager to prove to herself that she can conquer this challenge, regardless of her ‘limitations’.
Her family are now fundraising to ensure Darcy can make the trip and are already a quarter of the way to their target.
Darcy is also raising funds herself by cleaning cars in the summer, holding bake sales, gardening for neighbours etc.
If you would like to support Darcy please visit her Go Fund Me page at: gofund.me/dd5abf17
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