Growing up, I never knew my Papa beyond the constraints of his wheelchair. As an active individual, I cannot imagine how frustrating that would have been - no longer being able to do what he wanted, when he wanted. So I am going to run the full Auckland Marathon for those who no longer can and support Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand at the same time.
For those who aren't so sure, Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system (our brain and spinal cord). The immune system attacks the body's myelin sheaths surrounding the nerve fibres. These fibres become damaged, effecting the efficiency of nerve impulses. While the symptoms differ from person to person, the disorder can progressively develop to a life full of disability. Around one in a thousand Kiwis suffer from MS in New Zealand with around 134 people being diagnosed each year.
Please donate and help me help those with multiple sclerosis!
(I'll try to post regularly about my training so you can keep track if you want to. First stop, Hawke's Bay Half Marathon on 18 May 2019).