From Research to Running: James’ Journey in Supporting NASS
James is fundraising for NASS by running the Great North Run. He is a researcher at Keele University’s School of Medicine, aiming to better understand how axial SpA impacts peoples’ lives and, how we can reduce delays in diagnosis from an average 8.5 years to 1.
Follow James’ progress and donate to his fundraising pages here.
I’m thrilled to share a little sneak peek into my upcoming adventure – a journey that combines my love of a physical challenge, with a cause that’s incredibly close to my heart. In September 2023, just a couple of weeks from now, I’ll be participating in the Great North Run, not just as an individual runner, but as an advocate for the National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society.
“myself and colleagues endeavour to better understand how axial SpA impacts peoples’ lives”
This is a charity which is particularly close to my heart, both personally and professionally. My wife was diagnosed with axial spondyloarthritis (axial SpA) several years ago, after waiting many years to receive the correct diagnosis and is now frequently involved in supporting the work which NASS does. From my own perspective, I work as a researcher at Keele University’s School of Medicine, where much of my research is linked to NASS, and where myself and colleagues endeavour to better understand how axial SpA impacts peoples’ lives and, in particular, how we can reduce delays in diagnosis to ensure people get the right diagnosis and treatment at the right time.
“The Great North Run allows me to merge my passion for running with my commitment to raising awareness about axial SpA.”
The Great North Run, one of the largest half marathons events in the world, isn’t just about the 13.1-mile stretch that I’ll be tackling. It’s a platform that allows me to merge my passion for running with my commitment to raising awareness about axial SpA. I hope to shine a light on axial SpA, promoting a greater understanding in the general population, and empathy and support for those living with this condition. As I’m sure you know, NASS works tirelessly to provide support, education, and resources for individuals and families affected by the condition. By running for this remarkable organization, I’m aiming to contribute to their mission and amplify their impact. Together, we’re pushing to create a world where those with axial SpA don’t just survive but thrive.
“This run isn’t just about me; it’s about the collective effort to make a positive change.”
As the calendar inches closer to the big day, not only am I looking forward to crossing that finish line, but I’m also eager to share my journey with all of you. This run isn’t just about me; it’s about the collective effort to make a positive change.
So, here’s my invitation to you: join me on this adventure. Follow my progress, share in my triumphs and challenges, and raise awareness of axial SpA and I hope I can inspire you to take on your own challenges, no matter how big or small.
Thank you James for supporting NASS!