I am running my second marathon and to make me run faster, longer and to concentrate on finishing I have decided to do it for a good cause – in aid of the Alpha-1 Awareness Charity.
My good friends Tanya and Brendan have a Daughter, Elsa aged
3, with this condition. She was diagnosed as a baby following a liver problem, her condition is now monitored and under the care of Kings College Hospital Paediatric Liver Unit.
Alpha – 1 antitrypsin deficiency (A1AT) is a genetic mutation
affecting between 1 in 1500 and 1 in 3000 of us in the UK it does not get
screened for and is often not diagnosed in children or adults. It can cause liver disease and the breakdown of the air sacs in our lungs leading to cirrhosis or cancer of the liver, or emphysema in the lungs. There is no cure, but the progression of the disease can be slowed if diagnosed early on.
The A1AT charity is fundraising to support Professor David
Lomas who is leading the only UK medical research into finding a cure.
A1AT charity is working and hard to raise awareness of this
condition to make sure that doctors and medical professionals are alert to the importance of diagnosis and the life changing improvements in quality of life that we can make to so many people affected by Alpha 1.