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Carer to run 250 miles in just two weeks to help find a cure for juvenile arthritis

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Wednesday, 12th September 2018

Carer to run 250 miles in just two weeks to help find a cure for juvenile arthritis

A 26-year-old carer will soon be running a phenomenal 250 miles over two weeks to raise awareness and to raise money to help find a cure for juvenile arthritis.

Alex Shrimpton – a member of Hope Church Tonbridge – will complete an average of 18 miles every day from the 23rd September to the 7th October, in addition to his job as a carer.

His run will culminate in the Tonbridge half-marathon on 7th October.

Alex is hoping to raise awareness of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) – a painful autoimmune disorder that affects around 15,000 children and young people under the age of 16 in the UK.

JIA is not the same as either rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis (both more commonly associated with older people). Without adequate treatment, JIA can lead to other health conditions as the immune system attacks other organs – as well as permanent and long-term health implications.

At present, there is no cure for JIA, and all current treatments seek to reduce the symptoms rather than cure the disease.

Alex will also be raising money for Juvenile Arthritis Research, a charitable project aimed at finding a cure for the disease.

Alex says: 'I have chosen to run for Juvenile Arthritis Research, as I am friends with a family who have the bravest little girl, Trinity, who is 6 years old and has had JIA since was two.

'Unfortunately, however, she needs ongoing chemotherapy treatment to enable her to walk. Trinity still has a long way to go in her treatment, but there are thousands of children left to help.'

Richard Beesley, Founder of Juvenile Arthritis Research, says: 'When Alex told us he wanted to run 250 miles in just two weeks to raise awareness and much-needed funds for our research, I was amazed.

'Juvenile arthritis is a horrible disease. We are committed to finding a cure, and are so grateful to Alex for taking on this incredible challenge for us.'

You can follow Alex's progress on the Juvenile Arthritis Research social media channels. You can find out more about the project, and support Juvenile Arthritis Research on their website.