Michelle Lewis is taking part in the Brighton Marathon for Moorfields Eye Charity. We are so grateful for Michelle’s support and wanted to share her story:
“I chose to run for your charity as last year Moorfields helped two people in my life who are very close to me: my father and my sister in law.
“My father, who is fit and well, woke up one morning with no vision in one of his eyes. I can only imagine how scary this must have been. He was diagnosed with a bleed in his eye and after a few weeks had an operation to remove the debris in his eye. Thankfully his vision is back to normal again. He underwent treatment both at Moorfields and our local hospital but was very well looked after under the care of Moorfields.
“My sister in law was diagnosed with clonal B cell right orbital non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the end of last year and after a worrying few weeks and excellent care by Moorfields I can now report that she has been given the all clear with check ups twice a year. When I asked her about her time at Moorfields she told me the care and treatment had been excellent.
“So, taking on 26.2 miles seems a relatively small thing to do in comparison to what others are or have been going through. I have been training now for the past 15 weeks and have completed two 16 mile runs, two 18 mile runs and two 20 mile runs. I have trained in heat, cold, wind and rain but am pleased to say I haven't missed a training run to date!
“If you’d like to sponsor me, here is a link to my JustGiving page , where every penny I raise will go towards the hospital being able to help others retain their eyesight – something we all take for granted.”