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Alice Walker will need no introduction to anyone who has been following our Facebook page as she has taken part in several fundraisers already for LAM Action, including the Great North Swim and the Great North Run. Alice also recently appeared on BBC Radio Nottingham alongside Prof. Simon Johnson, talking about her fundraising for the charity in memory of her mother Kate, who passed away from LAM when Alice was just nine years old. “While I’m running I often think about her and it helps keep me going feeling that she’s with me every step of the way,” said Alice. “Living with LAM was very difficult for my mum and robbed her of the ability to breathe. Every day was a huge struggle for her. Despite all that, she did all she could to make life normal for me. She knew she didn’t have long, and wanted to make every day count.” If you would like to sponsor Alice please click here.
David Lord ran the London Marathon for LAM Action in 2018. David is Head of Construction at Burnley College and is a friend of Matt Sharples whose wife Sarah has LAM and who is also LAM Action’s Treasurer. David will be joined by his colleague Simon Jordan who is Deputy Principal of Burnley College Sixth Form Centre and Director of Themis, the college’s business and training arm. Both David and Simon are experienced marathon runners and will be looking to post good times for completing the race. To help David and Simon reach their fundraising targets please click here.
Jemma Jobbling from Cranfield in Bedfordshire has recently graduated from university and is running to support her mum, who has LAM. Jemma was inspired to run after watching last year’s London Marathon. “I have wanted to run one for many years now, but fear always got the better of me, I would love to run and raise money for LAM Action. This is because my mum was diagnosed with LAM many years ago and, after complications, 6 years ago she under went a single lung transplant. I am very fortunate to still have my mum here and healthy today, but I know this is not the case for many people. As LAM is such a rare disease I know raising awareness is just as important as raising money and would therefore feel privileged to be a part of it.” To sponsor Jemma please click here.
The three amigos from the North West of England will also be running: Richard ‘Harry’ Sharples will be supporting his sister-in-law Sarah, having already done the 2012 London Marathon and also the Great North Run to raise funds for LAM Action. Richard lives in Wilpshire, just outside Blackburn in Lancashire and will be running with his good friends Spencer Barker and Gary Hargreaves who also hail from the Blackburn area. Gary is also a previous fundraiser for LAM Action, having completed the Great North Run. “I took up running roughly 4-5 years ago, mainly social running with friends in order to lose weight and increase my fitness. The runs where mainly trail and never more than 6-7 miles until I did the Great North Run. Since I starting training for the London Marathon I’ve lost roughly 2 stone and I’m enjoying the runs even when the weather isn’t too good.” If you would like to sponsor Richard, Spencer and Gary please click here.
Justin Chu from Sutton Coldfield will be running to support his wife Anneke, who was diagnosed with LAM in 2009, shortly after qualifying as a doctor. Justin, who is also a doctor, is currently training three times a week around his shifts at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. Justin has taken part in the London Marathon before – 11 years ago and is looking forward to repeating the experience. “LAM Action is incredibly important to all women with LAM,” he said. “Anneke and my daughter Lily will be waiting for me on the finish line and the thought of seeing their faces after the 26-mile slog will make it all worthwhile.” If you would like to support Justin’s fundraising for LAM Action please click here.