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Fantastic fundraisers: Student suffering from muscle condition takes on Great London Run

Thursday 24 May 2012


From UK newspaper the Dorset Echo:


Katie Griffith
Katie Griffith is tackling the Great London Run

Fantastic fundraisers: Student suffering from muscle condition takes on Great London Run

By Emma Walker
5:30pm Monday 7th May 2012

A STUDENT who has spent the last year battling an unknown muscle condition will face the Great London Run.

Katie Griffith will raise much-needed funds for Action for ME to help others who suffer with muscle failure.

This time last year, the 22-year-old led a normal, active life but was taken to hospital because she could not move.

She was diagnosed with an unknown muscle condition that currently has no cure.

After spending time building up her strength by walking her dog Sam she will face her illness head on when she attempts to run 10 kilometres around London on July 8.

Katie, from Briantspuddle near Dorchester, said: “This time last year, I enjoyed going to the gym, going out with the girls and absolutely loved life at university.

“One month later I was taken to hospital with unexplainable muscle and nerve abnormalities.

“Now, 11 months on, with lots of help from my family and good friends, I continue to get stronger every day.

“Despite my muscles struggling after walking our dog Sam, I am determined to complete the Great London Run.

“I want to help raise money to find a diagnosis and cure for this debilitating muscle condition.”

She has been told her condition could be a form of Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Action for ME is the leading UK charity for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and their carers.

Money raised will help Action for ME help those suffering with muscle conditions by providing advice, campaign for better services, develop more effective treatment and invest in research.

Katie, who is studying at Southampton Faculty of Medicine, is determined to raise £350 in order to help fund research to help find a cure for her condition.

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