Later this year something significant happens in my life – no it’s not that I’m running the marathon, but rather that I turn 50! An undoubted milestone and I’m not so sure how prepared I am for the next decade. However in order to celebrate, try and convince myself that I’m still young at heart, and to help Fighting Blindness raise funds, I am running the New York marathon 8 days after my birthday.
For the past 25 years I’ve been losing my sight and have been registered blind for over 20 years. Whereas this was a terrible shock to receive in my mid-twenties, three things have kept me going. One has been the support of my family and friends which has been amazing. The second has been the contact with Fighting Blindness and the knowledge that one day treatments will be found. The third has been ‘my running’ – being able to run and compete is really important to me and has brought some fantastic opportunities and experiences. On November 1, 2015 in New York, I want to tie all of these together!
And just so you know I’m not letting myself off the hook time-wise, I’m aiming to run sub 3 hours 15 minutes and training is going well. I’ve set an ambitious fundraising target but one that I think is achievable. The €50,000 would support one of our key research fellow positions in either the Mater or Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospitals for a whole year. These positions are so crucial to our ongoing research as we build a register of everyone in Ireland (32 counties) affected by an inherited retinal condition, an estimated 5,000 people.
The costs associated with the marathon (entry, travel etc.) have all been covered so every € you donate will go 100% to Fighting Blindness.
I would really appreciate your support for Fighting Blindness and for my part I’ll keep training hard and hope to deliver my promised time!