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The march for Megan.

Byline: Michelle Ruane

A little girl with brittle bones has inspired fundraisers to pound the pavement.

Megan Garbutt is only six, but has already suffered numerous broken limbs due to her brittle bones.

Now, a fundraising walk in aid of the Brittle Bone Society has been planned in Eston, inspired by Megan.

Walkers will trek from Eston Square to Stewart Park and back, with a picnic in between, on Sunday.

Megan's mum Angela, of Eston, said: "Megan was diagnosed with having brittle bones when she was eight months old. It meant she was slow in developing her walking."

At 18 months, Megan broke her shin-bone, followed a few months later by her collar bone. By the time she was three she had endured having one leg in a full plaster cast while the other was in plaster up to her knee. Not long after she fractured her arm.

Then, three years ago, Angela noticed Megan had developed what felt like a knot in her chest. Doctors said it was crushed vertebrae in her spine pushing her chest forward.

"She has broken different limbs at least 18 times," said Angela. "It's always on her right side. It must be the way she falls."

Megan, a pupil of Bankfields Primary School, visits Sheffield Children's Hospital every three months for treatment.

"She knows what she can and can't do, although she did get upset when she was younger when she wasn't able to play out with the other children," said Angela.

"The sponsored walk will help to promote awareness of brittle bones," she added.

She thanked Councillor Ann Higgins and Eston Residents' Association for helping to organise everything and the association for donating pounds 50 to the society.

Among those due to join the walk are relatives of six-year-old Emily Morris, of Normanby, who also has brittle bones.

The Healy family from Manchester will also be taking part, as Megan is a friend of five-year-old Star Healy through her hospital visits to Sheffield.

Anyone wanting to take part or sponsor the walkers can contact 01642 502868.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2003
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