Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★
I have just completed the Virtual New York City Marathon in London and have clearly survived to tell the tale. Not only did I prove many doubters wrong, I even managed to surprise myself by dipping under the 3:20 mark (3:19:07 when I clocked 42.2km on my Garmin). It was only 3 years ago, due to chronic right hip pain, that I decided my running career was over. I interpreted the pain as being due to early osteoarthritis. Despite still having some hip pain it is so much better than it was. I suspect losing weight and exercising, or using the hip, has given it a new lease of life. This for me is one of the positives of COVID-19.; it has allowed many people like me to reassess their lives and to do different things. If COVID-19 hadn’t happened I would not have just completed a virtual marathon. My experience gives credence to the saying ‘use it or lose it’.
My motivation for doing the marathon was to raise money for Dr Ruth’s and Dr Kang’s COVID-19 antibody study. The reason ‘it is not over yet’ is that we have many miles to go before we reach our target of £25,000. The good news is that we very close to raising £10,000, which is the first funding milestone, which will allow us to actually start the process of recruiting pwMS and collecting their bloodspots on Guthrie cards for our antibody assay.
I, therefore, want to take a moment and thank those of you who have been so generous and donated money to our study. Your support and encouragement are much appreciated. For those of you who have not donated yet please consider making a small contribution; every little bit helps and also demonstrates that this is not just our project, but a community project.
The next phase of our fundraising will involve a series of topical webinars, but more on that later. At the moment we are discussing the logistics of how we can make this happen in a way that allows everyone to have a chance of attending the webinars.
If you have other ideas for us to raise the money please let us know.