In April 2013, I ran Worcester Marathon and swore I'd never run another... Three weeks later, I signed up for Brighton Marathon. This time I'm looking for a sub-3:45 time, hence the fundraising target (£345). I'm raising money for Arthritis Research UK in honour of my amazing mum who has suffered with rheumatoid arthritis most of her life and remains a pillar of strength in so many ways, despite how the disease has weakened her body.
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful, debilitating condition affecting the joints, making it difficult to do things that the rest of us take for granted, like walking, sleeping comfortably and sitting at a desk to work. For my mum, at least, it has meant coping with constant pain over many years, taking a daily cocktail of drugs, having a knee replacement and becoming increasingly limited in her range of movement.
Your donations will go towards advancing treatments for rheumatoid and other types of arthritis. I'm aiming to collect £345. As a guide to what your donations will fund:
£15 could help fund materials for a clinical study involving up to 500 people
£50 could pay for an X-ray of arthritic joints and an expert's analysis for study in research
£75 could help fund research to check the safety of new drugs
£100 could help fund the preparation of DNA when carrying out genetic research
£150 could pay for a whole body 'DEXA' scan for assessing bones and muscles
£250 could help pay for a research nurse in a clinical trial
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