Liz Williams from Lancashire is fundraising for Alopecia UK. We asked her about her plans and why she has chosen to raise money for Alopecia UK.
Tell us a bit about what you're planning to do for Alopecia UK
Iím running the Liverpool Rock and Roll half marathon on Sunday 14th June 2015. It's a scenic city centre course highlighting Liverpoolís famous sites with the added bonus of live, local bands performing along the course.
Why have you chosen to raise money for Alopecia UK?
Since the age of 14 I have suffered with alopecia. Growing up, it was something that I could manage and lived ok with. The small patches would come and I would manage to cover them up until they eventually grew back. That was until about 2 years ago when yet again the hair loss started but this time it was different. This time it didn't grow back, it just kept on slowly falling. Last year I was given the news by my consultant that due to the pattern of the hair loss, it was likely to be permanent. I was losing my hair and it wasn't coming back!
How do you deal with that kind of news - well at first you are in denial, then shock, then anger yes I've felt and gone through every one of them in great detail! Questions like why me? What did I do to deserve this? What would people say? How was I going to look? The questions were endless. With time and tiny footsteps in the right direction, I am becoming stronger in accepting my new way of life. I do have days when I struggle to look in the mirror and I have to remind myself that I might not have hair anymore but I have everything else in my life which makes me happy!!
Running gives me a freedom to take the wig off, put my hat or scarf on and also helps me stay focused. So when I watched AUK's Charity Manager Jen Chambers on a recent tv programme it started me thinking about how I could do something to raise money. So I'm doing something that I enjoy whilst raising money for a worthwhile charity that is here to help me and 1000ís of other people in the UK with the same condition.
How much are you hoping to raise?
My target has been set at £1000 and already since setting my Justgiving page up a couple of weeks ago I already have over £190 in online donations and my place of work have also pledged to donate £250 so I really feel that this target is well under way and Iím going to give it the best possible push I need to get as close to my target as possible.
Why is it so important to you to raise money for Alopecia UK?
There is no cure for alopecia and although some treatments are available, they don't carry a 100% success rate. Support is a massive factor with dealing with this condition - that and wigs!!! Alopecia UK provides information, advice and support for people (children and adults) with alopecia in a number of ways with both on-line support forums and support groups for people to meet in person. They support research into treatments and the psychological aspects of coping with alopecia.
Their mission is to improve the lives of those affected by hair loss and I want to help them by running this half marathon and raising as much money as possible. I have a fantastic support network from my amazing husband and children to all my family and friends but also knowing that this charity is available to seek advice and just maybe understand a little more than the people around me is a great comfort.
We are so grateful to Liz for her fundraising efforts. If you would like to sponsor her, you can do so by visiting her Justgiving page here.
If you would like to take part in the Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Half Marathon (or they even do a full marathon on the same day!), places are still available. Costs if booked before 30 April are £33 for the half and £50 for the full. Full details here.