Debra Ireland ambassadors Emma Fogarty and Liz Collins talk about the incredible work the charity does.

At Inspirefest 2017, there was certainly no shortage of amazing stories of resilience, innovation and inclusion.

Liz Collins and Emma Fogarty of Debra Ireland are emblematic of these qualities.

In their respective roles as family patient ambassador and patient ambassador of Inspirefest 2017’s chosen charity, both women shared their stories of the difficulties of living with EB to a transfixed audience.

From hours-long bandage changes and excruciating pain, to graduating from college against all odds, their strength and hope for a cure touched all attendees.

Words by Ellen Tannam