Kiera Santry, 20, from Camden, London, has limb girdle muscular dystrophy. Her boyfriend Andrew Norman , 24, is preparing to take on the London Marathon this year, and is hoping to raise a massive £5,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK. Kiera and Andrew met on a dating website, two and a half years ago, and now can’t imagine life without each other.
I met my boyfriend Andrew on a dating website called Plenty of Fish. My friends had signed me up and created a profile without me even knowing! Of course, now, I am super-happy they did that!
Andrew and I were messaging each other for six months before we met up. I felt quite apprehensive about meeting him, but luckily for me, he didn’t give up easily.
We have so much in common – we both love watching football, we have similar music tastes, and both enjoy travelling. We’ve recently been to the Dominican Republic, and we hope to get to Jamaica.
Andrew is always there – if I am having a down day, he’ll cheer me up, and he’ll do whatever he can to make life easier for me.
I am really excited that Andrew is taking on the London Marathon. He has been such a rock for me, it’s now my chance to support him. I am helping him with his training plans, fundraising, and of course, I am going to be there on the day, cheering from the side lines.
I’d always contemplated doing the London Marathon, but I’d never had the motivation to put the wheels in motion and make it happen. Since meeting Kiera, I have learnt so much about muscle-wasting conditions, and the impact they have on people. I realised I wanted to do something to raise awareness and vital funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
I’ve set myself a huge £5,000 fundraising target, so Kiera and I have been busy organising all sorts of fundraising activities to help me reach that goal. We organised a Fun Day with a bouncy castle, tombola, and raffle which was a massive success.
I am really looking forward to the big day on Sunday 24 April – it couldn’t come soon enough. I’m not setting myself a target time to complete the race in, but I want to run the whole thing – no walking or taking a break for me!
Before we met, I think Kiera was worried about how I would see her, because she uses a wheelchair. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that I wanted to meet her. I knew we had a special connection, even before we met.
I remember our first date was at Kiera’s friend’s birthday party. It was pretty daunting for me meeting her and all her friends, but there was no way I was going to turn the invitation down, after fighting for six months to get a date!
Kiera is one of the most amazing people I know. Actually, she is THE most amazing person I know. She never lets her condition get to her. I know I couldn’t cope like she does if I had limb girdle muscular dystrophy.
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