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Coleford woman whose family have faced meningitis to take part in marathon

Coleford woman whose family have faced meningitis to take part in marathon

21 April 2012

A local woman from Coleford, whose baby son was admitted to hospital twice in 2011 with suspected meningitis, will be running a marathon this weekend (Sunday 22nd April) to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Laura Edwards (30), of Mile End has signed up to take part in the world famous Virgin London Marathon and hopes to raise £2,500 for MRF, a charity very close to her heart.

Laura said:” my nephew survived meningitis 11 years ago and last year my son Leo was admitted to hospital twice with suspected meningitis once at 4 months and then at 6 months. Both times we had to go through the nightmare experience of Leo having lumbar punctures and numerous blood tests; I will never forget the memory of Leo screaming as they did the lumbar puncture. The first time they treated him for the disease with antibiotics and we had to have district nurses come to the house to administer the drugs. We are so lucky he came out clear that I just wanted to give something back to a wonderful charity to hopefully help even just one child who wasn't as fortunate as Leo."

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Laura for taking on the challenge of the marathon as we rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. Every penny raised through her efforts in the Marathon will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work.”

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For information on the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, you can call the Freefone helpline on 080 8800 3344, visit our symptoms page or download the free app from I-tunes ‘Meningitis – Know the Symptoms’.

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