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I'm running for those with less muscle power...


Hello, 


Thank you for taking the time to visit this page. 


As you have found your way here, I am guessing you have either followed a link I have sent you, been bribed enough by me to visit it, or are sick of me begging for you to see what all the fuss is about!

So, let me give you a run-down for the un-initiated:

My name is Jason Baskaran, I am 24 and have three brothers: Jamie, 18, Oliver, 16 and Konnor 15. In the Summer of 1995, Jamie and Oliver 5 and 3 respectively, were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The news was a terrible pill to swallow; but little did we know what the condition entailed, and what the prognosis would be the young boys.

Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic muscle wasting condition. The symptoms are characterised by the sufferer's muscles weakening at a progressive and accelerated rate due to the body's inability to produce dystrophin. This unfortunately means that the poor soul affected by the illness will be wheelchair bound by the age of 10, with a grim prognosis for the following years... Simple tasks such as writing, holding a PlayStation controller or giving your sibling a good old fashioned wallop! are difficult at best.

Over the past 14 years, my family and I have done all we can to learn more about the condition and understand what sufferers go through physically and psychologically, as the condition is little known - with no cure or treatments available today.

Having close family members suffering from the condition, we felt it only fitting to try to generate much needed cash for research into possible remedies - from fundraisers including a row-a-thon (20km, ouch!) and a London Marathon (thank you Uncle Bob!).

We also did all we could to promote awareness of the condition - this included media appearances, Jamie & Oliver the stars, of course, in promotional videos, Internet stories and local press - anything to spread the message!

So, the time has come whereby I feel like inflicting a little self punishment, ageing my body at an accelerated rate and generally putting myself through half a year of training and torture to do the London Marathon in 2010 for The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign - to give what I have to good use, for a good cause, for good boys.

My target is £1,500, hitting that would be a massive achievement and I promise to run my hardest, fastest and bestest on the day.

Hopefully our pennies and pounds will mount up and one day we can find a cure or a treatment for this terrible condition. So, please dig deep, donate all that you can - I shall be bringing cakes and goodies soon.


Thanks,
Jason


UPDATE:

27/10/2009 - Happy Birthday Oliver, 17 today - very proud of you!

15/11/2009 - Thank you all for your generous donations, it means a lot to my family and my brothers.

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Raising money for

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

Charity Registration No. 205395 (England and Wales) - SC039445 (Scotland)

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign leads the fight against muscular dystrophy and related muscle-wasting conditions in the UK. We fund world-class research, provide free information and support, give grants towards equipment and campaign to raise awareness and bring about change.

Donations 103

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Well done Jason - you have our support.

Donation by Bluebeckers - The Gomshall Mill Inn on 13/05/10

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Well done!

Donation by Simon "Bubble" Bath on 11/05/10

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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well done jason, hope this helps a very worthwhile effort, best wishes to all your family

Donation by lynda patterson on 07/05/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Well run mate.

Donation by Duncan Hamilton on 05/05/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Hi Jason well done mate.

Donation by Paul Raymond on 02/05/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Well done buddy!

Donation by Joe Carter on 01/05/10

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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Well done baskers!

Donation by Karen 'SK' Sparks on 01/05/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Well done Jason!

Donation by Rosemary Miller on 30/04/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Thanks for lunch Rubenstein!

Donation by paul gaskell on 30/04/10

£3.40

+ £0.96 Gift Aid

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Well done Jason! your mum is so proud of you - and you should be too. From a colleague at the Howard of Effingham

Donation by Helen Bayes on 29/04/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Well done Jason!

Donation by Emma Johnson on 29/04/10

£2.00

+ £0.56 Gift Aid

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Well done Jason! :)

Donation by Catherine Downing on 26/04/10

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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just remember the Reese's peanut butter cake for 3.30!

Donation by Natasha Kibrya on 23/04/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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What an amazing lad you are - to be proud of! All the best for Sunday from The Special Needs Dept at HOE

Donation by SEN Department on 23/04/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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It's a brilliant thing you are doing Jason. All the very best.

Donation by Sav Focas on 23/04/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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You'd better beat 3hr 30...

Donation by Dr Jimmy Chamberlain on 23/04/10

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Nice one Jason. It's a great cause as my best mate suffers from MD as you know so thanks on his behalf too!

Donation by Secret Agent on 22/04/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Jason best of wishes and thank you from everyone who suffers from MD.

Donation by Graeme Hodge on 22/04/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Good luck Jason, I'll be at the finish line with your mum!

Donation by paul gaskell on 22/04/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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All the best Jason - have a great day on Sunday!

Donation by Robert Woodford on 22/04/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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all the best jason we will be there to cheer you on xx

Donation by steven kamalabaskaran on 21/04/10

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A top up! Well done mate.

Donation by Dan Allen (Baloo) on 21/04/10

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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Good luck mate, we might see you disappearing off into the distance!

Donation by Fraser Smith on 21/04/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Make sure you give Haydon a helping hand if you see him!! Old Sarum

Donation by Christine Purchas on 19/04/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Run like the wind

Donation by marion ward on 18/04/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,802.01
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,802.01
  • Gift Aid£479.21

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