Jodie Vasquez, 19, from Currock in Carlisle, has been named on the regional shortlist for the Pride of Britain awards.
They recognise the nation’s unsung heroes, as well as rewarding people for their bravery or vital role within a community.
Jodie has type 3 hypermobility Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), an ‘invisible illness’ which is causing her internal organs to fail one by one.
Diagnosed four years ago, she was forced to be home-schooled, is unable to eat and is fed through a tube.
Despite a seemingly endless list of medical complications, last year Jodie – with the support of her mum Maxine Farish – set up Jodie’s Journey.
It aims to raise awareness of EDS, as well as funds for The Sick Children’s Trust, which provides accommodation for families with children in hospital.
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