Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. I have a unique opportunity to help raise money for Alpha 1 Awareness UK as a 38 year old 185 pound entirely clean runner as always who has the SZ version of the SERPINA1 gene. The most severe version would be ZZ. Avoidance of cigarette smoke, lifestyle changes, and other activities will likely enable me to live a long and productive life. Other ALPHAs are not as fortunate and are in dire need of help. I do hope to encourage some of them to be more active and lead healthier lifestyles through running the British 10k. Please give....small amounts are better than none.
I will be sporting an alpha-1 jersey so the better I do over 6+ miles...the more effectively I can help advertise. There will be four of us from what I understand although I do not know if they have the SERPINA1 gene or not. My weight and lack of time to train due to a great job likely will not allow me to win overall but I hope to do well pound for pound despite that and alpha 1.
Things as simple as education and awareness can save many years of human life. Simply avoiding cigarette smoke can delay lung damage for those whom become aware that they have the gene. Alphas produce some level of genetically abnormal AAT and the version we produce stresses the liver and does not curtail immune activity within the lungs as readily...resulting in tissue damage as the portion of normal AAT declines with age. Some of us have to have IV infusions with AAT as we decline. Eventually some Alphas simply cease being able to "breath".... something like eventually and very slowly drowning.
Please give even if it is a small amount.
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