THE daughter of a man who died of an incurable brain disease is running the Hastings Half Marathon in his memory.
Stacy Colvin-Morgan, 26, of St George’s Road, Ore, promised her dad Daniel Sands that she would take part in the race for charity after he was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).
Mr Sands, of Battle Road, St Leonards, passed away on March 23, 2011, aged only 39, after succumbing to the disease. He received regular growth hormone treatment through injections from 1978 when he was six years old, due to being deficient in it. But the growth hormone Mr Sands received was contaminated and, as a result, he developed CJD.
Mrs Colvin-Morgan said: “I decided to do the Half Marathon this year because it will be three years to the day dad passed away. I promised him I would do it for him to help raise awareness of CJD. He was training to do the Half Marathon before he was diagnosed with the devastating illness.
“I chose to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice and Mind, as the hospice has helped out both mine and my husband’s family. I have also recently been diagnosed with a mental illness and there is not a lot of support out there for people and their families. So both charities are very close to my heart.
“My husband, son, mum, brother, nan, grandad and in-laws have all shown great support. I also have been training once a week with a friend, Shazra Dobbs, who has been helping me increase my miles up each week and offered great encouragement when training has got tough.”
To donate log onto http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StacyLouiseColvinMorgan.