Samantha McDonald from Sunderland is taking a stand against liver disease by completing the Great North Run on Sunday 9th September to raise money for the British Liver Trust.
Samantha hopes to raise vital funds and awareness for a cause that is close to our heart.
“In 2014, I ran the Yorkshire Marathon in memory of my mother-in-law who sadly passed away from liver disease. I didn’t realise that a few years later this terrible disease would affect someone else close to me, one of my closest friend’s young daughter.
“Alice was diagnosed with acute liver failure in October 2017 when she was just 13 months old. With only a 20% chance of survival, her parents prepared themselves for the absolute worst outcome, something no parent should ever have to think about. Thankfully, a liver donor became available and Alice was able to have a life-saving transplant. Now, almost one year since her operation, Alice is doing fantastic and continues to amaze everybody every day, always with a beautiful smile on her face. She’s an absolute superstar!”
Samantha will join thousands of runners taking part in the Great North Run (GNR), the world’s biggest half marathon, this Sunday. The run starts in Newcastle city centre before setting off on the 13.1 mile course and finishing at the coast in South Shields.
“I feel well prepared for the challenge of the GNR. It has such a fab atmosphere with such brilliant support from the local people! I am delighted to run it for the British Liver Trust who do such important work!”
Audrey Cornelius, Fundraising Manager at Liver Trusty says:
“It’s down to the generosity of our supporters that we are able to continue raising vital funds to support our work. Good luck and thank you to Samantha for taking on this challenge and helping us raise awareness of the work British Liver Trust does.”
The British Liver Trust is the leading UK liver charity for adults; raising awareness of the risk factors of liver disease and providing support and information to patients and their families. They also campaign for better patient care and treatment. The Trust is there to help everyone affected by liver disease, whatever the cause and wherever in the UK they live.
For more information on liver disease and the British Liver Trust, please visit here.
To sponsor Samantha visit her JustGiving page online.