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I'm 18 and on 23rd April 2017 I will be participating in the Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of Fight for Sight. I took up running aged 13 in 2012 when my Dad didn't believe I'd be able to do my local 5 mile fun run, so I was determined to prove him wrong! After years of watching and hearing about the marathon, and being inspired by my uncle doing it last year, I decided to apply and I've got a place!
My parents were told I'd never walk as a baby as I have dyspraxia, a condition that affects different aspects of my life, including mobility issues in my early years. Although it took me longer and after a lot of physiotherapy, I finally proved everyone wrong. With my determination I was finally walking, so it feels surreal to now be training to run 26.2 miles! I believe my ambition and tenacity has stemmed from having those issues. Crossing that finish line will be the most incredible experience, I think I will be overcome with emotion!
Fight for Sight means a lot to me. In October 2013, I was diagnosed with Keratoconus. This is a deteriorating eye condition with no cure that causes the cornea to thin, resulting in distorted vision. Although it's not a blinding disease and there are treatments available, it is difficult to live with basically no vision in my right eye and limited vision in my left every day. This has had a profound negative impact on my day to day life including being able to drive and just simply seeing things clearly. I'm hoping there will be a cure in the near future, so I have faith in vital eye research.
Fight for Sight funds pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease in adults and children. Each year, they provide a range of funding opportunities for research teams based in the UK, reducing sight loss. Without support, they wouldn't be able to come up with new treatments and cures for eye conditions. It also provides information to the public about research and offers support to those affected by an eye disease.
You can keep up to date with my progress by following my blog https://imogenslondonmarathon.wordpress.com and my twitter @icerowe where I will be posting regular updates!
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