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Running to make a difference to their children's lives

Jeans for Genes Press Release
7th March 2007

Running to make a difference to their children’s lives
Jeans for Genes’ runners are inspired by their families to take part in the Flora London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April

Runners in the Jeans for Genes Team for this year’s Flora London Marathon will have their children in mind as they sweat their way along the 26 mile course! It’s the first time the charity has had a team in the event, and the runners are aiming to raise a total of around £15,000 for research into the causes and treatments of genetic disorders which affect children.

Kris Leaworthy from Warmley in Bristol is aiming to raise over £2000 as a ‘thank you’ to the charity after his little boy received pioneering gene therapy to restore his immune system. Freddie, who’s now looking forward to his second birthday, was born with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency which meant he had no natural protection against infection. But doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital were able to develop this life changing treatment through funding from Jeans for Genes and Freddie is doing well.

Charlotte Egelnick from Lewisham in south London finally got a diagnosis for her little girl after a trip to the dentist. An article she was reading in a waiting room magazine came up with a name for the symptoms Isobel had been showing and doctors were then able to confirm that she had Rett Syndrome. At 19 months old, she can’t speak, can’t walk and can’t feed herself and her symptoms are likely to get progressively worse over the next two years. But her future is unknown as Isobel has a unique form of the Syndrome, she’s unlike any other girl in the world.

Stan ‘the Ironman’ Tedford takes his fundraising as seriously as he takes his athletics. The pest controller from Sherborne in Dorset regularly takes part in triathlons, including the Ironman Challenge in his home town which involves a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon! He’s passed on a chromosome rearrangement to his daughter, Maisie, which will mean that she could have problems starting a family when she’s older. Many of the 4,000 identified genetic disorders are inherited like Stan and Maisie’s and Stan is hoping to raise more than £2,000 for Jeans for Genes by completing the course in a very respectable time of three hours.

Case studies are also available on the remaining five members of the Jeans for Genes Marathon Team. For more information or to arrange an interview with any of the runners, please contact Lisa Pettifer, PR and Fundraising Officer at Jeans for Genes at or on 0207 163 6911

Notes for Editors

Jeans for Genes supports research into genetic disorders, and information and respite for families, through its four partner charities:

• The Primary Immunodeficiency Association
• The Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases
• The Chronic Granulomatus Disorder Research Trust
• Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

It also selects guest charities each year to receive grants for medical research or family support projects. In the last 12 years, the charity has raised over £27 million.
Registered Charity number 1062206