I've always admired people that run the Marathon, in August last year me and Kate's life was turned upside down when we met and lost out son Theo. Life is very tough getting though each day but having Kate and the amazing friends and family support we have around us makes it a little easier for me. the last thing I told Theo was I was going to raise as much money and awareness for this horrible condition as possible so this is just the start. I know that me and the boys will do Theo proud and know the day is going to be very tough but a life changing experience
When I got the call from Robbie that something terrible had happened I felt like I was on the other side of the world, reality is I was only 20 minutes away. All I wanted to do was help and do as much as possible to show support for him and Kate in such a sad time. At 18 stone, unfit and claiming 'I'd never make it around'......I've watched previous London Marathon's, so naturally, when Robbie said he was entering to raise money and awareness fr Action on Pre-Eclampsia it seemed the tight thing to do! Now, with 4 months to go, at 18 stone and unfit...the training starts!
When Rob called to tell us that he and Kate had welcomed a baby boy in the world, we could not be more thrilled for them. But when Rob told me the devastating news, I will be honest, I had no idea how to comfort, console or help him and Kate in this very difficult time. When Rob suggested we raise some money for a charity that does know how to help families who have been through this devastating illness, I jumped at the chance!! That's when he broke the news that we would be running the London marathon! At first I was petrified of being able to finish such a mammoth event, but with the memory of Theo embedded in our hearts I know we will be able to complete this in style and raise a lot of money for a great charity.
Making the decision to run a marathon isn't something to be taken lightly, but it was an easy decision to make for me when my life long friend Robbie asked me to run with him in memory of his son Theo. When Robbie gave me the news that Kate and Theo had been affected by something called Pre-Eclampsia, I didn't understand the magnitude and the danger of the condition, and had in fact never heard of it. As it became apparent that little Theo wouldn't make it and Kate was lucky to be alive, it broke my heart and I had an overwhelming feeling of helplessness that I couldn't do anything to help my friends. Running the London Marathon in Theo's memory along side Rob and the boys is a great honour and something I will take great pride in. We are well on our way to raising funds for our chosen charity, Action on Pre-eclamspia and hope our journey will raise awareness amongst our family, friends and the wider local Community through our fundraising.
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