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Running in support of young Thomas
Buy this photo » Ewan Gordon will be running the half marathon in aid of Helen and Douglas House
TAKING part in the Oxford half marathon will have particular significance for Ewan Gordon.
He will be watched by Thomas Laurie, nine, who inspired the 41-year-old civil servant from Bicester to run several races for Helen and Douglas House.
Thomas and his family, also from Bicester, have been supported by the East Oxford charity since he was diagnosed with Cockayne Syndrome – a premature ageing disorder that shortens life expectancy – in 2007.
Mr Gordon, who started running marathons in 2011, said: “I’ve known Thomas and his family for about five years and I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to run for Helen and Douglas House.
“I visited the hospice in February with fellow runner Steve Woodus – we were blown away by the amazing work they do with young people. Since November last year, I’ve run all my races for them.”
He has organised 15 other runners to take part in the Oxford half marathon, having already completed Reading Half Marathon, Milton Keynes Marathon and Loch Ness Marathon this year.
Thomas’ mum Catherine said: “We are totally thrilled that Ewan has chosen to support Helen and Douglas House. He has done an amazing job in raising awareness of this fabulous place and the work they do to help our family and other families like us.
“As a family, we were devastated when Thomas was diagnosed with Cockayne Syndrome in 2007. We were told the condition was degenerative, that Thomas would deteriorate over time and his life expectancy would be very limited.
“Since this diagnosis, Thomas has needed more and more medical help and Helen House has been with us every step of the way.
“Not only does Helen House give Thomas the very best medical care but they also provide support for his sister Eleanor and us as parents.
“We know that at any time of day or night we can speak to somebody who can offer sound advice and that no matter how tough things get, they will always be there.”
Mr Gordon has set up a facebook page called ‘Running for Thomas Laurie’ to give updates on his efforts.
Mrs Laurie said: “We have been so moved by his commitment and hard work, we cannot thank him enough. We are so blessed to have an amazing and supportive friend.”
- To sponsor Mr Gordon visit justgiving.com/Ewan-Gordon3 To find out more about the Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday, October 13 visit oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk or oxfordmail.co.uk/halfmarathon
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