A brave team from the charity Leap for Luke, have literally scaled new heights in their bid to find medical treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by performing no less than three dizzying physical challenges.
The volunteers travelled to Todds Leap outdoor activity centre in Ballygawley for the Head for Heights challenge in aid of MDUK’s Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund, which is committed to spending over £1.7 million to help find treatments for little boys like Luke O’Hanlon from Coalisland and his cousin Brian Og McStravog.
The first challenge for the team, made up of family members and friends of the boys, was to take on Ireland’s longest zipline and whizz 500 meters across the tree tops of Ballygawley, before then embarking on a 33ft free jump. Luke’s mummy, Claire, said: “The free fall was by far the scariest challeng; it’s one thing standing on the ground and watching, or zipping across the air in a harness, but when you’re standing 33 feet up and you have to just jump it’s a scary feeling, scary but exhilarating too!”
The Leap for Luke team finished their challenge with a swing off the edge of a cliff.