This challenge is my own personal Everest, I'm aiming to complete the 2015 London Marathon & those who know me & my aversion to running will know just how hard this is going to be.My reason is twofold. I was diagnosed last December with exercise induced Asthma, I thought I knew a bit about Asthma but I was actually quite ignorant. My good friend lost his daughter in April 2009 to Asthma and I wanted to help in the hope that if the money I can raise doing the London Marathon in some small way can stop another family suffering the heartache Bob & Linda went through then it will worth the hours and hours of training I will put in between now & the end of April 2015.
I asked Bob to send me a few lines.Charlotte was a normal girl with the usual hopes, dreams and angst of every other teenager in the world. She tried not to let her asthma stop her doing the things she wanted to do. On Sunday April 26 2009 she had an asthma attack, despite her medication the skill and dedication of medical teams she was taken from us, she was just 15 years old. I don't think I'll ever be the same person again.
Many people think asthma is something where the sufferer gets a bit wheezy then they are OK again, but asthma kills! Asthma is not just an excuse to skip PE, for a quarter of a million people with severe asthma, even climbing the stairs can feel like a marathon, never mind going outside their home.Three people die every single day because of asthma. But most of these deaths could have been avoided. Asthma UK is the charity dedicated to changing this.
Imagine being paralysed by fear as you struggle to breathe, unable to speak, unable to ask for help. That’s what an asthma attack feels like.If you can give just a little to support Tom and Carl in their amazing effort not only do they thank you, but so do I, my family, and everyone who loves someone with asthma.