FOP Friends Blog

We are excited to announced that IFOPA and FOP Friends have combined forces to fund a new research project at the University of Oxford. You can read more about this, along with a statement from Chris Bedford-Gay, on the IFOPA webpage. 

sweetWe also have a sweet supporter raising money for us next week - William, who is only 9 years-old and one of our youngest fundraisers, will be at Ramsbottom Farmers' Market on Sunday 12th February selling a wide range of sweets for all you lucky customers. He organised this venture all by himself - ordering sweets, contacting local businesses, and making advertisements - so make sure you try to get down and show your support! If you are unable to make it down, why not buy some virtual sweets and donate to William's Virgin Money Giving page? All the money donated will go to help find treatments/a cure for FOP.

Valentine's Card

Valentine's Day is also less than two weeks away. Why not surprise your loved one with a special personalised e-card? Save yourself the last minute rush of running out to the shop to grab a card, save the planet by not wasting paper, and donate to FOP Friends all at the same time. Everyone's a winner! 

Hannah Dempsey
Thursday, 2 February, 2017 - 16:55

Chris Bedford-Gay, his son Oliver, and FOP Friends received a special acknowledgement this week in Fiona Cummin's debut novel 'Rattle'. Chris consulted on the book as one of the main characters suffers from FOP. The book is set to be a best-seller - the film rights have already been snapped up! 

vmgsuperheroAlso this week, the Virgin Money Giving donation system will be updated. On the 29th January 2017, the donation system will become easier and more efficient to use. However, it will require that our Regular Donors will need to re-register their cardetails, otherwise the monthly payment will be cancelled. If you're not yet a Regular Donor but would love to become one, please do not hesitate in signing up or contact us for more information. 

Finally, calling all superheroes! This May, Skyline are hosting their annual Superhero Run and we want you guys to get involved! Choose between doing the 5k or 10k challenge and then run, jog, walk, or even fly to the finish line on this fantastic fun run! Each person also gets a free Superhero costume when they sign up and there are special routes for prams/wheelchair users. What is not to love? Be heroic today and contact us if you're interested as places will fill up fast!


Hannah Dempsey
Thursday, 26 January, 2017 - 17:04

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This week, one of our lovely supporters went the extra mile by getting the FOP Friends logo tattooed on his arm! What an ingenious way to raise awareness for FOP - if that's not dedication, I'm not sure what is!

Not everyone has to do something permanent to raise money or awareness for FOP though. Why not do something semi-permanent such as chopping your hair for FOP? Or why not organise a simple dress down day at work and get all your colleagues to donate to the cause? A little can go a long way and every penny is valued. Look out in the next couple of weeks for an A-Z list of easy fundraising ideas to get you inspired for 2017!  


If you're feeling particularly motivated right now, don't hesitate in signing up to the Great North Run this year and running for our team! Don't worry if you don't have a direct link to the charity, we would still love it if you ran for us! Places are filling up fast so don't miss out on a spot.

There was some sad news in the FOP community this week. Adrian Berry, a sufferer of FOP, sadly lost his life at just 40 years-old. This is a devastating reminder of how cruel FOP can be and reaffirms how important it is that we all work together to hopefully one day find treatments for FOP. 

If you haven't already, don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all the latest news. 

Hannah Dempsey
Friday, 20 January, 2017 - 16:46

For FOP Friends, 2016 was a very exciting year! We saw the advent of our new quarterly newsletter Together and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the ACVR1 gene discovery with our #FunFeet4FOP campaign. The second FOP Friends Conference also took place, welcoming over 100 delegates, and bringing together the FOP community in style. 

Research into FOP has continued to make great progress. Once again, FOP Friends, FOP Switzerland, and FOP France commited to help fund the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) research team at the University of Oxford. We can now announce that we have successfully supported the team for a further year in 2017, having reached our 2016 fundraising goal. 

The FOP Connection Registry also successfully reached its first-year milestone in July, so far attracting 178 patients from 28 different countries. Biotechnology company Regeneron's clinical trial began in June investigating the Anti-Activin A antibody in humans. While, pharmaceutical company Clementia extended its phase 2 study of palovarotene having found positive trends in reducing bone formation in FOP sufferers and wanting to investigate this finding further.

Additionally, we were very fortunate to receive a grant from BBC Children in Need to fund a weekend away at Centre Parcs for children affected by FOP. This will take place in March of this year and all the children are really looking forward to it!

None of this would have been possible without our great supporters who ran, cycled, and swam all to raise funds and awareness for FOP. Some got muddy, while others completed their event on the hottest day of the year! Twenty-two of you took part in this year's Great North Run and even the little ones came out in force with sponsored haircuts, toy sales, and fun runs!

Thank you to every single one of you who has supported FOP Friends on this journey to find a treatment and a cure for FOP. Here's to 2017 being an even greater year with even more fund and awareness being raised!

Hannah Dempsey
Thursday, 12 January, 2017 - 17:09
Mari Wyn Jones
Thursday, 7 July, 2016 - 10:41


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