Youth Team defender raising funs in support of his sister who suffers from Fibromyalgia
Zach Birse will be swapping the back-line for a rope line this Saturday, 30th April, as he takes part in a Charity abseil down a water tower in Church Langley, Harlow, to raise funds for the Fibromyalgia research and awareness. It is a cause close to Zach's heart as his 19-year-old sister, Shannon, suffers from the debilitating condition.
Shannon, who used to enjoy abseiling, bungee jumping and traditional uni life, now struggles on an average of one to three hours sleep a night. Some of the symptoms of this awful condition include chronic joint and muscle pain, chronic fatigue, sleep disorder, chronic headaches, muscle numbness and twitching, and sensitivity to light, odours and noise. She is currently having weekly physiotherapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and CBT, taking a number of strong medications, and looking into hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Recently, she was given a blue badge for parking as the pain can be so severe.
Zach signed his scholarship at Griffin Park in the summer of 2015 and quickly established himself at the heart of the Youth Team defence, captaining the side on several occasions, despite being a first-year scholar. The 17-year-old defender made 14 appearances for Jon De Souza's side this season, scoring three goals, while also featuring five times for the Development Squad.
Find out more about the effect that Fibromyalgia has on sufferers, and Shannon in particular, here.
Donate to Zach's Just Giving page here