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Potters Bar man to complete charity waste for Muscular Dystrophy Campaign in wheelchair
A man determined not to let his muscle-wasting disease get him down will join a team of runners to raise money for a cure.
Chris Christou, of Potters Bar, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 25 years ago, will take part in the BUPA Great South Run on October 27.
The gardener, who uses a wheelchair full-time, hopes to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign to help pay for treatments to tackle the disease.
He was inspired to take part after meeting two boys affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive and incurable condition.
Mr Christou will take part in the event with his powered wheelchair in its upright standing position, shoulder to shoulder, with other members of the charity’s team.
He said: “I decided to take on this challenge and do what I can to help.
“I will have to deal with constant pain in my legs, extreme fatigue and the inevitable muscle stiffness that will occur after ten miles in my upright chair position, but I am determined to cross the finish line.
“It’s great to be able to take part in my wheelchair and hopefully I can inspire others to do the same.”
Sarah Jenner, volunteer fundraiser, said: “Taking on a ten-mile event is a huge commitment for Chris and we are immensely grateful for his support and dedication.
“Each and every member of our running team is making a difference to people affected by muscle-wasting conditions - we sincerely hope people will come along to show them their support."
To sponsor Chris, visit www.justgiving.com/mybility-greatsouthrun
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