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Little Jack, Two, Inspires Runner

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Courier Dennis Harris, of Wordsworth Road, has decided to put his running shoes on for a good cause.

He wants to raise £1,000 for Jack Wright, who has Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), a disorder which affects motor skills, learning and co-ordination.

The father-of-three said: "When I read about Jack's story, I was very touched.

"This poor little lad has been born with this horrible disease but he's a lovely, smiley boy, who's getting on with life and he's doing what he can with what he's got.

"But if we can raise money for him, he can one day get the treatment he needs to give him a better quality of life."

Currently, there is no cure for PMD, but research is being conducted into how stem cell treatment could be effective in the future.

The treatment in America would cost £25,000, which is what the family are trying to save for until it is proven successful.

So far, they have raised £20,000 and Dennis is hoping to boost their funds.

The 53-year-old said:”I wanted to run the marathon for a local cause, instead of doing it for a big corporation where you don’t really see where the money goes.

“If I can do something to make a difference, then that’s a positive thing.”

Dennis has never met Jack, but hopes that will change in the future.

Jack’s mum Sian, 33, said: “I couldn’t believe that a complete stranger would want to run the London Marathon for Jack.

“I’m just so thankful and overwhelmed, it’s so kind of people to want to do this. It doesn’t seem enough to just say thank you.”

Author: Victoria Scheer
Source: Diss Express
2.5 from 2 votes
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