A woman suffering from both asthma and emphysema is running the Marathon this year to fundraise for Asthma UK, writes Josh Mellor…
Forty-eight-year-old Renee-Marie Young, who works in Southwark as a learning and development manager for the National Landlords Association, was diagnosed with chronic lung condition emphysema in 2016 after suffering from asthma since she was eighteen.
Renee-Marie said: “I know that eventually my lungs will slowly fill up and restrict my breathing, so later in my life I will need the support and help of these wonderful charities and intensive medical assistance.
“I wish to raise money for those less fortunate than I and to keep running to keep breathing for as long as I am able.”
Since her diagnosis she has completed six marathons around the UK as well as a 31-mile ultra-marathon.