BY TOBY PORTER
One London Marathon runner competed in the race to raise money for a charity which is looking for a cure for Parkinson’s, because her step-dad has it. Sarah Mason, 33, from Earlsfield, ran the race in support of Parkinson’s UK.
Sarah completed the UK’s most iconic marathon event in three hours and fifty- three minutes and 45 seconds. She was part of Parkinson’s UK’s team of 240 runners, and the money raised from the marathon will fund the charity’s pioneering research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s is a serious neurological condition with more than 40 symptoms that affects people of all ages. It causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time.
Currently there is no cure. Parkinson’s UK is the leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through pioneering research, information, support and campaigning.
The runners’ efforts mark the same month that Parkinson’s UK has launched its new awareness campaign Parkinson’s Is.
According to Parkinson’s UK, eight in 10 people with Parkinson’s believe that awareness is low because people don’t consider it to be a serious condition – and only associate it with one symptom – a tremor.
Parkinson’s Is aims to raise public awareness of Parkinson’s by highlighting the often-brutal reality of living with the condition.
To find out more visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/parkinsons-is.
Parkinson’s affects 145,000 people in the UK – which is about one in 350 of the population. Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure.
The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.
Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity supporting those with the condition.
Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.
For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.