Kielder mum running to help sons beat muscle-wasting condition

Lindsay Davidson with her family at a community walk earlier this year. From left, Robert, Stuart, Angus and Lindsay.
Lindsay Davidson with her family at a community walk earlier this year. From left, Robert, Stuart, Angus and Lindsay.

A mother-of-two is preparing to take on the Kielder 10k run tomorrow to raise funds towards a treatment that could help her sons.

Lindsay Davidson's boys, Angus, nine, and Robert, six, were both diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at just four years and 18 months old respectively.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a muscle-wasting condition which causes muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increasingly severe disability. Currently there is no cure or effective treatment. In the UK, there are around 2,500 boys and young men living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Lindsay, 44, decided to sign up for the challenge after her and a neighbour initially joked about taking part with just a handful of weeks left to train. She is now hoping to fund at least two days of research as part of Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund.

"I am running to raise money so that vital research can be funded into discovering different therapies and possible drug treatments, which could help my boys have a brighter future," she said. "My oldest son lost the ability to walk when he was eight and uses a power wheelchair to get around. My youngest is still walking, but will find it increasingly more difficult as his muscles weaken."

Stuart Murray, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s North East and Cumbria regional development manager, said: "We are incredibly proud of Lindsay for rising to this challenge and fund-raising to help us drive forward the exciting progress being made by the Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund. Potential treatments are being trialled and could transform lives. A donation of £170 would fund one day of research and it is vital we continue to support this work, for Angus, Robert and the 2,500 people in the UK living with this condition."

To support Lindsay, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lindsay-davidson4