Chelsea is set to support Diabetes UK
An accountant from Wimbledon is taking on the challenge of the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 26, pounding the streets to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK and to support her partner.
Chelsea Wilson, age 30, joined Team Diabetes UK to show support for her partner Antony who has Type 1 diabetes.
Chelsea said: "Antony was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 15 and he is now 27. Diabetes affects our lives on a continual basis and will do forever into our future. Antony manages his diabetes extremely well and gets on with life as much as he possibly can, but it is a continual balancing act and affects everything we do - sporting activities, eating out, travelling and more.
"I want to run for Diabetes UK to raise money for this cause - research into diabetes is essential. It is also important to raise public awareness of this condition that affects so many people.
"I also want to demonstrate my support for my partner, showing him how much he means to me and how far I will go for him."
People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. About 10 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 1. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable. It usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses - taken either by injections or via an insulin pump.
Anna Schlerf, Diabetes UK Fundraising Events Manager, said: "Running the Virgin Money London Marathon is a major achievement for anyone and requires a large amount of time and commitment. We are really grateful for Chelsea’s fundraising efforts, and wish her the very best of luck.
"Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that affects 3.8 million people in the UK, including an extra 630,000 who have Type 2 diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed. Diabetes, if not properly managed, can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney failure and amputation.
"The funds raised by Chelsea will help us to support people living with diabetes and to raise awareness among those who have not yet been diagnosed. This is crucial to giving people with diabetes the best possible chances of living long and healthy lives".
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and to find out more about running the Virgin Money London Marathon for Diabetes UK visit http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Fundraising-events/Virgin-Money-London-Marathon/London-Marathon/.
April 17, 2015