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Ilford runner, 18, to do marathon for grandmother

PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:59 05 February 2015

Eli Myers, 18 will run the London Marathon to raise awareness about Scleroderma, a rare disease for which there is currently no cure, which his Grandmother had.

Eli Myers, 18 will run the London Marathon to raise awareness about Scleroderma, a rare disease for which there is currently no cure, which his Grandmother had.

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An 18-year-old man is to run a marathon to help raise awareness of a rare skin disease which his grandmother contracted before her passing.

Eli Myers, of Castleview Gardens, Ilford, lived on the same road as his grandmother Joan, who died in 2013 of scleroderma aged 84.

There is no cure for the disease which an autoimmune condition affecting the tissue just beneath the skin, causing it to thicken and scar.

“Before Joan got scleroderma I did not know anything about the disease,” said Eli’s mother Lin, of the same address.

“It was awful watching her suffering.”

Lin said she was “very proud” of her son because running was not one of his natural talents.

Eli is trying to raise £1800 for The Scleroderma Society – a charity which helping to combat the disease that affects 23 people per million.

He said: “Now I have started training I realise how tough it is going to be.”

To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/elimyers


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