Tufnell Park woman to tackle Virgin London Marathon in memory of nephew

Tufnell Park woman to tackle Virgin London Marathon in memory of nephew

30 March 2013

Danielle McKenzie (27), from Tufnell Park whose nephew died from meningitis will be running her first marathon in April to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation. 

Danielle will be joining thousands of other runners on 21 April in the Virgin London Marathon many of whom, like her, will be raising vital funds for charities across the UK.

She said: “my nephew Kieran Wilkinson died from meningitis on 16 February 2011 when he was only 10 years old. Kieran became unwell and was initially diagnosed with a chest infection, after a few days he was still sick and was becoming increasingly lethargic, when his eyes begun to swell my sister and her husband rushed him to hospital and he was immediately admitted to intensive care. He was suffering from Meningitis and a Venous Sinus Thrombosis.”

“After eleven days in hospital he passed away. I would do or give anything to bring Kieran back, but I know that I can't so I have instead decided to join the fight against Meningitis. My sister, brother-in- law and niece have been supported by Meningitis Research Foundation and I hope the money I raise doing the Marathon will eventually lead to researchers finding a cure, so that nobody else will lose their life prematurely and no other family will ever suffer like mine due to this disease.”

Danielle hopes to complete the race in under 4 hours and you can sponsor her at: http://www.justgiving.com/remembering-kieran

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Danielle for raising money for Meningitis Research Foundation and taking on the challenge of the Virgin London Marathon on our behalf. She and her family sadly know how children are particularly vulnerable to meningitis and that one in 10 who contract the disease will die. We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. So every penny raised through her efforts will make a huge difference. ”

Sam Williams
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