Blindfolded mother runs 26.2 miles – inspired by her daughter

03 June 15

written by:

Jo Harford

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"When my twins were born Sienna was just 2lb 6oz and Joshua was 3lb 2oz. It was seven days before we could hold them; Those were the longest days of our lives.

"Before they could leave hospital, they had to have an eye examination. Babies born prematurely are at risk of sight loss, caused by Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). ROP is a disease of the eye affecting prematurely-born babies, often because the blood vessels in the eye have not finished growing completely or are not growing normally. Joshua was OK, but Sienna was diagnosed with ROP in both eyes. I know I am going to have to fight for her every day.

I know I am going to have to fight for her every day.

"Currently, she has no sight in her right eye. In her left, she will be lucky if she has light detection. Earlier this year I ran the London Marathon for Fight for Sight, wearing a blindfold. I wanted to understand what Sienna experiences every day. I was delighted that friends and family supported Sienna and helped me to raise over £4,000. You might have seen our story on ITV Daybreak and in Chat Magazine.

"You don’t have to run a marathon blindfolded, but I would like to ask you to support eye research by giving a gift to Fight for Sight today. With your help, we can ensure that children like Sienna, who live with sight loss every day, don’t have to face a future without faces and without colours. If you pledge your support by making a donation today, I will be able to tell Sienna there is hope when she is older."