Balham mum tackles Great North Run for daughter with rare disease
One year ago Katherine Kitto received a horrifying message.
Her then 18 month old daughter Poppy was diagnosed with Mitochondrial disease, a rare and incurable heart condition.
Instead of losing hope, the 36-year-old and her husband James Kitto, from Balham, decided to support others through the Lily Foundation, a charity committed to find a cure for mitochondrial disorders through funding research, raising awareness and supporting affected families.
While Mrs Kitto is running the Great North Run in Newcastle on September 21 to raise money for the charity, her husband and five of his friends decided to cycle 332 miles from Balham to the event with the same aim and set off yesterday morning.
Mrs Kitto said: "People can donate on our JustGiving fundraising pages and James and the others hope they can stop in a few small villages and raise money on the go."
The collected donations will be used to build accommodations for families next to hospitals where mitochondrial disorders can be treated and for further research.
She added: "We hope that one day a cure for Mitochondrial disease can be found to help the affected people and their families."
For more information on how to support the charity please visit thelilyfoundation.org.uk or justgiving.com/teams/north.
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