Marathon veterans Onor Crummay, 29, and her father Steve, 57, will be running together to raise disease awareness and funds.
Onor, who now teaches in London, said, “When I was in hospital being treated for bacterial meningitis and septicaemia, which nearly left me for dead and with neurological injuries, I vowed to get out and one day run the London Marathon."
“This year will be my fifth London Marathon, but this one is very special."
Ten years as a survivor
“Not just because I’ll be running with my dad, but because it will also mark ten years as a meningitis survivor."
“It’ll be a proud and defining moment for me in my fight back against this disease and in my support for Meningitis Now.”
Steve, from Penzance in Cornwall, said, “Ten years ago we had a mad drive through the night to get to Bristol, where Onor had been rushed to hospital with meningitis and septicaemia."
“Thanks to the amazing NHS, and then with lots of support from Meningitis Now, as a family we have overcome this disease and its devastating after-effects.”
Since then Onor has spoken in the House of Commons in support of Meningitis Now’s Beat it Now! campaign, as well as sharing her experience on Sky News, which helped see the introduction of a vaccine for MenB.
Great way to celebrate and say thanks
Steve added, “Running the London Marathon with Onor 10 years on will be a great way to celebrate, say thanks and, through sponsorship, give others the opportunity to support Meningitis Now."
“I’ve run lots of marathons but I’m not sure at 57 years old who will be helping who to get round!"
“Please sponsor us and help change lives.”
Onor added, “We are so proud to be running in orange this April.”
You can support Steve and Onor’s efforts on their Virgin Money Giving fundraising page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SteveCrummay