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'I'm doing the Great South Run so my children can have a brighter future'
A Poole mum is running her first 10-mile race for a cause very dear to her heart.
Angelina Wilson is taking on the BUPA Great South Run in Portsmouth on Sunday October 28 to raise vital funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
All three of her children have cystic fibrosis, one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases.
Jasmine, six, Luca, five and Jacob, two, who have to breathe in special drugs through nebulisers and undertake physiotherapy to keep their lungs clear, will be proudly cheering their mum on.
The 33-year-old teaching assistant said: “All three of my lovely children were born with cystic fibrosis, a disease which means they have to do lots of treatment every day.
“They are treated at Poole Hospital who have been fantastic in looking after them over the years.
“Now I am hoping to raise money to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust fund research so that my children can look forward to a brighter future.”
Angelina said: “I have done a few 10k (6.2 miles) races before but this is my first ever big run. I have done two 10ks for training. I get round.”
Cystic fibrosis is caused by a defective gene that results in the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, becoming clogged with thick sticky mucus resulting in chronic infections and inflammation in the lungs and difficulty absorbing food.
Angelina has set herself a target of raising £500 and is half-way there. And she is looking forward to the challenge of the run.
Anyone who wants to help Angelina raise funds can sponsor her at uk.virginmoneygiving .com/angelinawilson .
Money raised will fund medical research to fight the symptoms and treat the causes of cystic fibrosis, as well as providing direct support for sufferers and their families.