The Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation was set up in memory of my sister Marie Boyd, who died on the 22nd June 2009 following a brief illness.
Marie was a healthy 46 year old woman who never smoked, refrained from drinking alcohol, and had an incredible enthusiasm for living life to the fullest.
She was initially hospitalised with what we suspected was a severe chest infection and was later diagnosed with Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (formerly known as Wegeners Granulomatosis), a complicated disease characterised by the inflammation of the small blood vessels, which usually affects the kidneys, lungs, ears, nose and sinuses. Less than two weeks from the date of her diagnosis our much loved sister passed away, survived by her husband and 16 year old daughter.
The aim of the Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation is to raise awareness and funding for research into Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis with hopes of one day finding a cure for this merciless disease.
Jim Crawford, Foundation Founder
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