Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Running with Type 1 Diabetes for 30 Years

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. The 2013 edition of the London Marathon marks a very special anniversary for me, it being [b]30[/b] years since I first ran the London Marathon (1983 was the only the third ever London Marathon race), and when I first raised money for a Diabetes charity.  The race was an expanding event at that time with just under 20,000 runners taking part, but nothing like the massive fund raising event it is now with demand far exceeding the 35-40,000 runners entered.[/p][p]That first ever marathon was just over a year after I was diagnosed with [i][span=text-decoration: underline;]Juvenile (Type 1) Diabetes[/span][/i], when I learned I would need to take insulin injections to balance my food intake for the rest of my life.  Thirty one years on and the treatment of type 1 diabetes with 4 injections a day is more flexible and leads to better control of the condition, but it is still not perfect and can become a chore when combined with the need to take numerous blood tests to check blood sugar levels.[/p][p]The insulin I inject is only a treatment for the elevated glucose in the bloodstream ([i]Diabetes Mellitus[/i]), and this condition still does not have a known cause or cure.  I have had this since 1982 and was fortunate enough to be in my mid 20's when it was diagnosed.  However there are many much younger children aged from birth to teens who become suddenly insulin dependent, and who also face a lifetime of multiple injections and finger blood sample tests.[/p][p]My aim in running the 2013 London Marathon is to raise money to fund research to find a cure for all of these unfortunate youngsters, some of whom you may possibly know.  That is why I am asking you to look in your wallet for some spare cash.  These children aren't walking round with any kind of label on them and look perfectly able from the outside, but a lifetime of uncontrolled blood sugar/glucose levels could lead to later health complications like blindness, gangrene, heart attack, high blood pressure - to name but a few.[/p][p]Whatever you can afford to donate, my employer (Fidelity Investments) will match up to a maximum of £750, so effectively doubling your money.  All the money raised will go to the [b][span=text-decoration: underline;]Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation[/span][/b], a charity committed to funding research to find a cure for [i]Type 1 Diabetes[/i].  Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and the donations will be quickly processed and passed on to the charity.  Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this, so don't forget to tick the box if you can.[/p][p]So far the marathon training is going very well, having started from a Half Marathon base just after Christmas, the mileage has been increasing and I have now completed two 19-20 mile runs.  There remains one further long run to do at the Cranleigh 21 race, after which I can begin to taper and prepare for the London, which I am confident of completing. [/p][p]I really do appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]

Supporters


May 10, 2013

Gill

from Linda and Clive

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 24, 2013

Anonymous

Well done Paul - hats off to you

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Apr 23, 2013

Anonymous

Good stuff, Paul!

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2013

Anonymous

congratulations

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2013

Anonymous

Would have been more if you'd gone under 4 hours! Fair play :0)

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2013

Anonymous

Hard work for great cause, well done Paul

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2013

Anonymous

The running legend does it again! Congrats and well done

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Apr 19, 2013

Brandon Webb

Have a great run and 'enjoy' the event!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 19, 2013

Anonymous

Good Luck Sunday Paul !! Julie, Tony, Chris and Jon, and Mum and Dad x

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Apr 18, 2013

Anonymous

Good luck Paul. If it starts to get difficult just remember.... FATCA is waiting for you back at the office! That should spur you on! Keep safe. Regards. Marc

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid

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