Glass half-full woman inspires half marathon runner
2:02pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A BARRY mum will pound 13.1 miles of the Welsh capital’s streets having been inspired by a cousin who deals with a rare neurological condition.
Mum-of-one and childcare worker Victoria Gee, who works at Gibbonsdown Children’s Centre, is set to embark on her first Cardiff Half Marathon run in aid of Ataxia UK – a charity that supports her 20-year-old cousin Abigail Stone who suffers from the Friedreich's form of the condition.
Ataxia’s first symptoms include balance, speech and co-ordination problems which can begin at any age.
Heart disease, diabetes and other debilitating conditions can follow with many sufferers becoming confined to a wheelchair as a result of the condition which has no cure.
But Vicky, 31, said she had been inspired by her Hampshire-based cousin’s zest for life.
Vicky, of Goodwick Close, said: “She’s so brave and courageous and she lives life to the full.
“She’s jumped out of a plane for Ataxia and she’s in university.”
Vicky joined the Women Running Penarth club and has also been training in and around Barry.
She said: “I really enjoy it. The longest I have run is nine miles.
“I am looking forward to the atmosphere because it will be great and my cousin will be waiting for me at the end.”
For details about Ataxia, visit www.ataxia.org.uk
To sponsor Vicky, visit www.justgiving.com/Victoria’sCardiffHalfMarathon2013page
Text ATAX93 and the amount to 70070 or donate at the Gibbonsdown Children’s Centre from 8.30am to 5.15pm, Monday to Friday.
The race is on October 6.