Elena is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for The Butterfly AVM Charity Limited because she wants to help raise money for vital research. Donate on the link below:

Update 10/11/2021 – Elena currently climbing and 1/2 way up the mountain! Some pictures and video below.

Read her story below:

Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page!!

In October I will be setting off to embark on a a great challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The climb will take 9 days of blood, sweat and most definitely tears!

I am proud to be raising money for an amazing charity close to my heart, The Butterfly AVM Charity. This charity was introduced to me through family and I have since been a very proud supporter of Nikki Lilly who suffers from AVM herself. At the age of 17 she has accomplished things people don’t do in a life time. She has been and continues to be an inspiration to so many including myself. Her ambition and courage is one of the reasons I have the strength to undertake this journey.

*Follow Nikki’s story on her socials here!

All funds will be going directly to the Butterfly AVM Charity to fund vital research into this rare and often deadly condition.

What is AVM angiogenesis?

This is a normal process in the body’s replacement of damaged tissue, but it can also occur under abnormal mutational conditions and leads to AVM growth and recurrence after treatment. This is demoralizing for both the patient who often has to undergo recurring potentially dangerous treatments and the surgeon or interventional radiologist who have to repeat treatments after regrowth and expansion.

What is the goal? 

The goal of this research is to understand the process required for this revascularisation to occur and to identify biomarkers and screen drugs that can potentially stop and reverse this growth.

How can you help?

Your donations make this research possible and  together we can make a change, build awareness, support and raise funds for much needed research into the understanding of facial, extremity and brain AVMs.

I can not put into words how greatly appreciated any donations are!

Thank you again for your kindness x

Let’s do this💪🏽

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