November 11, 2016
Our fundraiser of the week is Jane Marlene Lowe, who is running one race a year to raise money and awareness of M.E.
Jane, who has M.E. herself, said: “I am still on the road to recovery but firmly on my way to being the strong woman I know myself to be. I couldn't have done it without the support of family, friends, understanding doctors that no longer see M.E./CFS as Yuppie Fever, and my loving partner. I have the support structure in place to help me get better and get back on track for running across a continent. Or two.
“I made life altering changes - changed my job, started talking to family and friends, started walking. Walking led to jogging a few hundred meters at a time. Slowly a hundred meters turned to a kilometre and just kept on going. I started being able to stretch my legs out to sprint, felt the steady beat of my feet pounding against the ground.
“Not everyone out there has been as lucky as me, has the support structure to help them out. Everyone needs someone to stand by them and let them know they are not crazy, it is real, it is hard, and there is something you can do about it. THIS is why I am here. I can help make a change. I have not let this debilitating autoimmune disease get the better of me and more people need to know about the impact it has not only on the person, but on their families and friends.
“This is why I am running for ME/CFS. I am running because it is my passion, my dream, and a medium to show that we can get better. I ask for those around me to help through support, understanding and/or spreading the word that M.E./CFS exists and needs the attention it deserves.
“I am pledging to run one race a year to raise both awareness and funds towards M.E./CFS. Together we can make a difference, we can show we care, we can be part of the support structure for those in need.”
You can support Jane via her JustGiving page.