Essex mother takes part in marathon in memory of son

Essex mother takes part in marathon in memory of son

17 April 2012

A mother from Essex, whose son died of meningitis at the age of four, will be running her first marathon this weekend (Sunday 22nd April) to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Rachel Clarke (39), of Great Sampford said: “In January 2006 our first child Sam, aged four, died in a matter of hours due to meningococcal septicaemia. At 6pm he had flu like symptoms, by 2am we called 999 as he had a purple rash, by 3am he had passed away. There were no obvious symptoms until the rash appeared and by then it was too late, there was nothing we or the doctors could do. Meningitis is a cruel, devastating disease and I am determined to raise as much as I possibly can in Sam’s memory to fight it.”

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Rachel 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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