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Fundraiser of the week - Leanne Towart

June 08, 2018

Our fundraiser of the week is Leanne Towart, who will take on the Great North Run challenge in aid of her friend Nicola, who lives with severe M.E.

Leanne said: “People with severe M.E. are often bedbound and experience profound levels of suffering. My best friend’s life has been reduced to basic survival - she often struggles moment by moment to breathe, eat, and drink, while enduring extreme pain and is dependent on 24-hour care and support.

“It is heartbreaking to see my friend suffer such horrific and relentless symptoms that make basic daily living a constant fight to survive and to be deprived of life events many of us take for granted.

“She is a survivor and her strength and courage helped initiate an exploratory study of the severely affected. She is a true inspiration.

“There is a scandalous lack of support and research into M.E. and especially the most severe form. We remain hopeful that research will one day give my best friend and others back their life and a cure can be found for one of the most cruel diseases."

You can support Leanne via her JustGiving page at