Five physiotherapists are among the amazing runners taking on the Great North Run in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK this weekend.
#TeamPhysio, who are based at John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre at Newcastle University, want to raise awareness of muscle-wasting conditions and highlight the life-changing work carried out by the charity.
The group – Robert Muni Lofra, 38; Phil Brown, 32; Jassi Sodhi, 33; Dionne Moat, 36; and Cecilia Jimenez-Moreno, 34 – work with children and adults with muscle-wasting conditions every day. The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre, which launched in November 2014, brings together research and care for neuromuscular diseases, with the team heavily involved in both the clinical care of patients and translational research.
#TeamPhysio’s Dionne is a neuromuscular physiotherapist at the centre, and lives in Newcastle. She said:
We chose to support Muscular Dystrophy UK because it’s a charity that is very close to our hearts. It’s an exciting time with the development of new drugs, and we see the hope this brings the families we work with, and we want to support them in any way we can.
Unfortunately, muscle-wasting conditions are mostly progressive and our patients lose function over time. This is obviously very difficult for patients, and although we are unable to regain lost function, we can support them with exercise programmes, stretching, splints, wheelchairs, and support and advice to enable them to optimise their physical health and function.
What surprises me on a daily basis is the grit, determination and bravery shown by our patients and their families and how positive they remain, even in the knowledge that their lives may be cut short or seriously affected by their muscle condition. Being able to support these patients to maintain an independent, happy and fulfilling life is by far the most important and rewarding part of our role.
The Great North Run – a half-marathon through the streets of Newcastle – takes place on Sunday 9 September. #TeamPhysio, who are all employed by Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, are hoping to raise £1,200 for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
We have all been training very hard for the run, but we have struggled a bit with the hot weather – something we are not used to in Newcastle! There is a bit of healthy competition between the team and we have had lots of laughs along the way, but ultimately we are doing this for our patients and that makes us do those training runs, even when we really don’t want to.
As physios, there is a part of all of us that has enjoyed pushing ourselves physically and having a goal to work towards, so I am sure we will all be aiming to get a personal best on the day.
Great North Run 2019
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