A teenager with type 1 diabetes has inspired her father into running the London Marathon to raise money for diabetes charity JDRF.
Maddie Wills was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes five years ago, and her bravery in managing the condition led to her father, Jaso, making a significant pledge.
All the money that Jason raises at the London Marathon on 28 April will be donated to JDRF, which has supported Maddie throughout her health journey.
Speaking to the Herts Advertiser newspaper, Jason said: “Broadly this is taking me out of my comfort zone, and my daughter is out of her comfort zone on an hourly basis so I am really challenging myself because she has to challenge herself every day.
“I am feeling quietly confident. You know what, I am going to feel really emotional doing it because last year my friend’s daughter ran it for JDRF and that was very emotional.”
This is not the first time Jason has taken part in a gruelling fitness challenge. Last year he cycled 300km from London to Paris and in June he took part in the St Albans Half Marathon to help prepare him for the epic 26 miles he is set to run in the marathon.
However, his marathon training has not been plain sailing. In January he sprained his calf and he was unsure whether he would be able to take part in the race, but a sports physiotherapist has helped him get back on track.
He added: “Sometimes I will be out running and a song will come on which reminds me why I am doing it – for my daughter.”
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