Block A, Centre House
Monday 30th April 2012
A dedicated father is taking on the Bupa Great Manchester Run to raise funds for his son and others suffering from diabetes.
Laurence Gorman is taking part in the 10 kilometre race through Manchester city centre to raise funds for Diabetes UK, which funds research to help diabetes patients like his son Edward, 13.
Laurence's son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight in 2007 and now manages the condition with four daily insulin injections.
The self-employed window cleaner, from Bury, has raised more than £400 for the charity so far ahead of the May 20 race.
He said: "It was a huge shock for the family when Edward was first diagnosed and it is still an everyday worry for his mum and me, especially as Edward is very independent and at 13 wants to go out more on his own.
"Edward is a normal, everyday lad and hasn't let his condition get in the way of anything he wants to do, from playing football and cricket, to climbing Mount Snowdon with his mum."
The teenager will be fitted with an insulin pump on May 1 to monitor a diabetes-related condition he has on his legs called necrobiosis.
Diabetes UK North West fundraising manager, Kate McKie, said: "The funds Laurence raises will go a long way in helping us continue to support over 23,534 people already diagnosed with diabetes in Manchester, and help us find the estimated 4,700 people in the area who are unaware they have Type 2 diabetes."
To sponsor Laurence visit http://www.justgiving.com/Laurence-Gorman.
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