A WORCESTER man is running the London Marathon tomorrow (Sunday) to raise awareness of CRPS, a rare condition which causes severe and debilitating pain in the body.
Craig McAllister is completing the challenge in memory of his life-long friend, Simon Phillips, who developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) after a work accident and was left paralysed and bed-ridden until his death at 36 years old.
The rare condition attacks the nervous system resulting in abnormal control and pain of the affected limbs resulting in functional impairment and disability.
It usually initially affects one limb but can spread throughout the whole body, causing pain, swelling, limited range of motion, and changes to the skin and bones.
With a target of £750, Craig will be raising funds for Burning Nights, a charity which raises awareness of CRPS and provides support for people with the condition.
The 26-year-old said: “I had known Simon all my life.
“After an accident at work, he developed CRPS which left him paralysed and bed-ridden for up to 12 years.
“Simon suffered so severely he passed away at 36-years-old.
“It means a lot to me to run for such a small charity and to raise money and raise awareness for the charity, which is run by people who all suffer from the condition themselves.”
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