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Update: Marathon for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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Tom Whittingham, running for his sister and ME Research UK

Tom ran the Edinburgh marathon on May 31st as a personal challenge and a way to raise awareness and funds for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis research. Why did he do this? In his own words,

“My sister Naomi has suffered from ME for over 25 years, since the age of 12.  She has had to endure many years of intense suffering, confined to the same four walls at home, relying on 24-hour care.  Alongside the suffering, she has been deprived of so many things we all take for granted in our lives; going to school, university, getting a job, socialising with friends, starting a family, and so much more.” (Just Giving)

Tom put out a powerful awareness video that touched the hearts of thousands who watched it. And his fundraiser was a huge success. He also completed the marathon with a great finishing time. From Naomi on Twitter: “Tom did brilliantly! He finished in just under 3.5 hrs. Fundraising total currently at nearly £7k.”

We’re thrilled for Tom, for Naomi, and for ME Research UK! Congratulations to everyone involved in making this fundraiser such a great success.

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3 comments on “Update: Marathon for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
  1. Lesley Harrison says:

    I think his picture says it all, his smile and commitment is inspirational.

    1. Yuki says:

      Well done to your sister I hope the wdideng goes well and that she enjoys a happy and healthy married life.Your mother must be a very gutsy women looking at wonderful women she has produced in you and your sister. Great post very informative and helpful thank you for sharing. xx

  2. Luzia says:

    Serena is a true inspiration who sderaps sunshine everywhere she goes. Without her support and encouragement (along with my husband’s, of course) I never would have found it in me to try walking again!

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