Son taking on marathon in honour of his mum's battle with MS - The Solihull Observer

Son taking on marathon in honour of his mum's battle with MS

Solihull Editorial 13th Oct, 2017   0

A DOTING son is preparing to take on the Birmingham Marathon in honour of his mum’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Thomas Higgins is running to raise money for Solihull MS Society at the marathon this Sunday, to help sufferers like his mum Denise, from Solihull, who has lived with the condition for over 30 years.

Over 100,000 people in the UK suffer with the condition which affects the central nervous system causing vision and balance problems, dizziness, fatigue, stiffness and spasms.

The 30-year-old marketing manager said it had been a long journey for both him and his mum but she still considered herself one of the lucky few.

Thomas added: ” Despite the many sleepless nights, belligerent fatigue and ever-increasing difficulties with walking and mobility, she’s still going strong. She makes me incredibly proud as she tackles everything MS throws at her with a smile on her face and an enthusiasm for life that is truly infectious.

“She may now require a stick or occasionally a scooter to get around, but it doesn’t stop her from achieving anything she puts her mind to.”

Thomas aims to raise £100 for every year his mum has suffered with MS – which will account for some £3000.

And if the sum reaches £3400, it will fund an entire year of transport for the MS Society, including to appointments, social meetings and outings – something which many sufferers rely on.

Thomas said: “They provide an incredible support network for people just like my mum.

“Whether people are newly diagnosed with MS or 30 years into their journey, the MS Society is there to help. They alleviate personal fears, educate families and build a community that ultimately makes the permanence of MS far easier to understand and manage, as well as run groundbreaking research to explore long-term MS cures for future generations.”

“26 miles is nothing in comparison to the daily efforts of the MS society and the individuals having their own personal battle with MS, but I would love to make even a small contribution to their cause.”

Visit / to donate to Tom’s cause.


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