While I have endeavoured to write a weekly blog post to ultimately raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis, others have been diligently preparing for a very gruelling task. Yes folks, three weeks today is the Great North Run and we have three runners raising money for the CF Trust. I would like to dedicate this blog post to each one of them and ultimately get some final sponsors before the main event!
First up is my husband, Chris Corr. Now I have mentioned before that the Corr Family possess a good running gene but it sadly bypassed Chris! To do a half marathon is certainly a challenge for him and he has never undertaken anything like this before. He has always said that he would like to do it so after Harriet’s birth and subsequent diagnosis this seemed like the right time. Due to the nature of his job he is always working away from home and this year he has had the pleasure of training in some glamorous locations around the UK.
He has trained in the beautiful Welsh countryside while working twelve hour shifts! He has ran round London mostly, and more recently up in Aberdeen. I genuinely don’t know how he has done it with such little time on his hands after working very long hours. Thanks to a lot of amazing friends and family, Chris has already reached his target for the CF Trust which leads me nicely onto our next runner: my sister in law Emily…
This is Emily’s second time running the GNR and enjoys fitness unlike her brother! Emily, who is based in London, has completed most of her training around the capital and is really looking forward to the big day. Emily is almost there with her sponsorship so anyone reading this who had planned to sponsor Chris – could you sponsor Emily instead?!
Finally, my good friend Marie, who vowed she would never ever do the Great North Run again(!) has been swayed by our little Harriet. This will be Marie’s third time running too and she has given up lots of her time to train. As a teacher, time is not something that Marie has a lot of so for her to dedicate herself to completing a half marathon really deserves a pound or two!
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust are currently working closely with the Gene Therapy Consortium who are so very close to being able to cure this disease. Only a few months ago it was announced that they have finally got gene therapy to work after thirty years of trying! This is not a cure but what they did do managed to stopped the decline in lung function which is amazing in itself. Unlike some drugs available now, gene therapy is for all CF patients, regardless of their mutation. The CF Trust need further funding to take gene therapy to the next level and find the best way to deliver it to patients to get even better results.
I simply can’t contemplate losing my daughter to this disease so please, if you read this and have anything to spare click the links below to sponsor either Emily or Marie. Huge thanks to all who helped Chris reach his target – I am sure he will raise a glass to you all once the race is over!
Click the names please to donate.