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Brotherly love for Billy inspires 300-mile challenge

Billy Caldwell and his brother Kyle Moore.

Billy Caldwell and his brother Kyle Moore.

Running with the weight of his brother on his back, Kyle Moore will embark on a 300-mile run around the North this Friday at 8am.
 
Kyle is running to raise vital funds to help pay for the treatment of his brother Billy Caldwell who is currently being treated for intractable epilepsy in Los Angeles.
 
This journey of hope will see Kyle running approximately 25 miles a day for 12 days with 20kg on his back.
 
Added to that, Kyle will be relying on the support of strangers along the way to provide a garden for him to pitch a tent each evening before getting back on the road the following morning.
Kyle Moore will make his way towards Ballygawley this Friday morning as he starts his 12 day, 300 mile run to raise funds for his brother Billy’s treatment.

Kyle Moore will make his way towards Ballygawley this Friday morning as he starts his 12 day, 300 mile run to raise funds for his brother Billy’s treatment.

 
En route he will be raising much needed funds for Billy’s lifesaving treatment in America.
 
Kyle will also be delivering Billy’s Santa letter to Health Minister Michelle O’Neill, along with a request from Billy to help fund his treatment and to “urgently legalise medicinal cannabis, so he can come home safely”.
 
“I’m praying Michelle will be Billy’s Mrs Claus this year and grant Billy his Christmas wish,” commented Kyle. “Many times I have quietly sat, deep in thought, tears in my eyes, very real images of the unthinkable, me carrying my wee bro in a white coffin. Those sad images haunt me on a daily basis.
 
“But I can’t let that happen. I love my wee bro, I will never give up on him, I intend to wipe out those images once and for all.
 
“I will run with Billy on my back so full of hope that if we all work together we can keep Billy alive and bring him home safely.”
Kyle and Billy.

Kyle and Billy.

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Since Billy started suffering life-threatening seizures again in June, Kyle has been going out on runs to help clear his mind.
It was on one of those recent runs that he came up with the idea for this challenge.
Despite not having done that much specific training, Kyle is motivated by the bravery of Billy who will be in his thoughts throughout.
Kyle said, “I know I am going to be in pain and struggle mentally at times along the way, but that is nothing to what Billy is going through. His bravery each and every day is inspiring and he will inspire me each day to keep going and complete this challenge for him.”
 
Kyle has offered an open invitation to anyone who wants to join him along the way for an hour or so and show their support.
 

He has also asked anyone who can offer a location each night to pitch his tent to get in touch. He will be posting daily updates on the Keep Billy Alive Facebook page where you can view his full route.

• To donate text Keep81 to 70070, when you can then choose an amount to donate from as little as £1. Alternatively donate online.

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