Mike's EU Marathons: Raising Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Awareness across Europe

28 Marathons for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Awareness and Research

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I’ll be running a marathon in each of the 28 EU member countries to raise awareness and much needed funds for biomedical research into ME & for the charity Invest In ME
I’m aiming to raise funds and awareness for biomedical ME research across the 28 countries within the European Union by running a marathon in each. I’ve now completed 2 of my marathons; UK (April 22, 2001) and Czech Republic (March 5, 2015) Next up is Helsinki, Finland on August 15th!
One of my best friends has had ME for 8 years and been unable to work or lead a normal life, this is the only way I feel I can help him and the other 250,000 sufferers in the UK.  I’m working with Invest In ME (www.investinme.org) to unite European ME sufferers and associations to raise the profile of research projects.  I aim to run 4-5 marathons a year and am aiming to finish the challenge by 2020.
In 2014 with a group of friends, I took part in a very different challenge for the charity (92 football grounds in 92 hrs) managing to reach over 10 million people (through TV, Press and the football community) and raising nearly £5K for the Rituximab trial.  Throughout this project I met and talked to ME sufferers and their families which has had a very profound effect on my decision to attempt this challenge.
I’m looking for sponsorship for races and travel/flight costs as well as press/media contacts in the countries I’m visiting.  If you know anyone who can help please get in touch!
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5 thoughts on “Mike's EU Marathons: Raising Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Awareness across Europe”

    1. What you mention about your ercixeenpe with chronic fatigue syndrome and education is remarkably parallel with what happened to me. And I managed to end uplate 1960s at Southampton University: though I was not sure what was awry with me until twenty years after by which time it was a bit late. I think it must have made all the difference that somebody clearly and convincingly identified that you had CFS. which enabled the help you had at Brockenhurst College and since. Having much appreciated Real Trains Times which is coordinatng good sized inputs in real time I’m very glad you’ve done it. And very glad for you. That it is all coming out for you much better than you may have depended. Yours Sincerely, J. V. Vickers

  1. still think it’s a bit like “smoking for asthma” but very sweet of him nonetheless ;p

    1. I know several pepole who’ve been diagnosed with CSF or Fibro and I’m glad to read that there is hope, that it is possible to get the medication right. I don’t know that it’s always stress-induced, but it’s certainly true that we can only cope with so much before something has to give.The women in your family are incredibly inspiring as well as determined. Long may this continue!

  2. I had CFS for about a two-year period. I was forttnaue at the time, to work for a company who helped devise a schedule to assist with my need for sleep. It was a perplexing and frustrating illness but it gave me a gift! I learned to take care of myself and listen to my body and its needs. I learned to deal with stress better. In time I became thankful for this interruption in my life.

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