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Father raises funds for research into son's condition
A MAN from Verwood is taking on three running challenges to raise funds for research after his son was diagnosed with a muscle-wasting condition.
Four-year-old Timothy Sims- Handcock was diagnosed in February with Becker muscular dystrophy, an incurable condition which causes muscles to weaken over time.
And his father Stewart is determined to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. He has already raised £4,000.
Mr Sims-Handcock said: “Timothy’s diagnosis was a shock for all the family but we are determined to look to the future positively.
“Supporting the research work of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is a big part of that. My friends and family have been incredibly supportive. I am looking forward to tackling these challenges for my son.”
Mr Sims-Handcock ran the Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday and the ten-mile Bupa Great South Run on October 27, and he will be tackling the London Marathon next April in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
Sarah Jenner from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign said: “Taking on a marathon is a huge commitment for any runner, so to take on two with a ten-mile run in between is a courageous endeavour.
“We are immensely grateful for Stewart’s support and dedication. His friends and family have helped him raise an incredible £4,000 already.”
For more details visit justgiving.com/Stewart-Sims-Handcock.
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