Living with a runner who loves nothing more than Parkruns,
Half Marathons, Full Marathons and recently completed her first Ultra (who has a dedicated running website HERE), I’ve heard every charity fund raising bit of junk required for entering big runs and marathons – so I don’t really give them any credence what so ever.
Cue something that made me sit up and raise an eyebrow.
My better half (the runner) Gabby aka Gabsatrucker has a regular running buddy called Nicole. Nicole (whom I call Bam-Bam, due to her accidental use of elbows on a regular basis) is a mother of four boys… she is also a GP and often by the time she makes it home, she has to renew her compassion and re-address herself to the loving and caring that family life demands and needs.
Being a doctor and a mother – an athlete… and still being a wife, a friend and all round core family rock, driver and amateur comedian must take a lot…
She sounds great right? So when she announces she needs to raise money for two young sisters with a congenital heart problem, beyond her tough but happy exterior, you know something needs doing… But then adds “I need to run 100 miles to raise it”. So now beyond the raising of an eyebrow, she gets my and our attention.
These two sisters through no fault of their own have had a life of discomfort, fear and uncertainty, and when medical science also fails in rejected heart valves then the situation is dire. But in the same breath kids are so incredibly resilient and this week tests that strength and resilience further as one of them heads into surgery again.
Now… please don’t get me wrong here! I know as well as you there is a tough story like that in every city and country all over the world. So why should we care? Why should a Doctor, dedicated and yet hardened by every state of life from beginning through to death and it’s dissection after suddenly care that bit more?
Well, these two girls are her patients – and I wonder just how many Doctors do anything for you outside of their prime remit? And how many people do you know that would take the steps to such an incredible level for which this extreme effort that I have no personal experience of – to subject herself, beyond every commitment and thing in her life to state she WILL run 100 miles to achieve what needs to be done?
That ladies and gentlemen gets my full attention, my complete respect and my total and utter support for this endeavour.
I’m not telling you to give money – it’s not my place, but go HERE and have a read about what it’s all about and what Nicole is trying to achieve.
Dr Nicole Atkinson : The kind of doctor we all wish we had, the type of doctor the world truly needs – and one who really will go that extra One Hundred Miles for her patients.
All I have to do now is stop Gabby going with her 😉