Team Fight for Sight raise over £23k at the virtual London Marathon

05 October 20

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Róisín Treacy

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Nine runners on Team Fight for Sight braved serious rainfall yesterday (October 4th) to run the virtual London Marathon, raising a combined total of £23,421.58. 

The 40th London Marathon was originally due to take place in April. However, the event was postponed until October 4th due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and then moved to a virtual event for all but elite runners, leaving Team Fight for Sight to complete the 26.2 mile run in their local areas.

Among the Fight for Sight runners was Damian Pachciarz (34) who raised over £4,000 for Fight for Sight, in the hopes of some day finding a cure for his seven-year-old son Adam’s rare eye condition condition – Stargardt disease.

A man running in the rain towards a finish line of balloons being held up by a young boy and a woman wearing coats.

Speaking about the virtual run, Damian said: “It wasn’t the marathon I had imagined running when I first signed up, but I’m so proud for having finished it and raising so much money for eye research. It certainly wasn’t easy, but I didn’t stop thinking about Adam the entire way. My wife and I pray every day for a breakthrough in the research for Stargardt disease. Raising money for Fight for Sight gives us hope that there will someday be a treatment for Adam’s condition.”

Mikey Brain was also on Team Fight for Sight. Mikey dedicated his virtual marathon to his good friend Laura. Ten years ago, Laura was diagnosed with Stargardt disease that affects her central vision. Eventually, without a treatment breakthrough, it will lead her to blindness.

Mikey said: “Laura is an inspiring woman, mother, music producer and DJ – amongst many other things. She’s a symbol of resilience – continuing to adapt to her situation, positively power through her life and strive both professionally and personally. All donations I receive will go directly to Fight for Sight to aid invaluable stem cell research that could help Laura – and a great many others.”

A man running towards a red finish line with people watching from the sidelines.

Charlotte Wisdom, a specialist optometrist, chose to run the marathon around her hometown of Bournemouth, and wasn’t deterred by the weather.

A woman smiling and holding her hands up after completing a race.

Chief Executive of Fight for Sight, Sherine Krause said: “We are so proud of all our runners on Team Fight for Sight, who battled relentless rain yesterday to take on the virtual London Marathon. To undertake and complete a marathon any year is a huge achievement, but we are so grateful to all our runners, who so tirelessly trained and fundraised this year, in spite of the hugely difficult circumstances surrounding the marathon’s postponement and move to a virtual event. A huge thank you to each and everyone of our runners – whose efforts will help us to achieve our goal of creating a world everyone can see.”

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