Fergus is 19 years old and has had health issues and multiple allergies since he was born, but there was always a piece missing in the jigsaw regarding his health.

The year before eating went beyond the worry of avoiding his allergies when it suddenly became impossible to eat without suffering pain and sickness.

After many hospital visits and searching for answers, Fergus was eventually diagnosed with chronic Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease (EGID).

His condition is called Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (EoE), which is a chronic immune system disease. In this condition, a type of white blood cell called an eosinophil accumulates in the lining of the oesophagus - the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. This accumulation can cause inflammation and injury of the oesophagus. Symptoms of the EoE include difficulty swallowing, chest pain, and in younger children - vomiting and abdominal pain. 

After getting a diagnosis for EoE, we reached out to EOS Network for support. The information we received helped me make informed treatment choices with my doctor.

My family and I were also grateful to meet others in the EOS community and to know I was not the only one living like this.


We created this fundraiser for our son Fergus and others diagnosed with a rare Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease. Our family relay team of five cycled 1363 km in 24 hours on two indoor bikes.

We Cycled "John o' Groats to Land's End"

This is the length between John o'Groats in Scotland and Land's End in England, and it is known as the longest head-to-head journey in the UK. 

Team Rice raised £1858 during this activity!

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