A dementia patient will show she can run and complete the London Marathon

A woman diagnosed with vascular dementia in her 50s is planning to run the 2018 London Marathon to prove someone with the disease can do it. Sue Strachan, who's now 62, took up running after she was diagnosed and has been training on the roads around her home in Staunton on Wye, Herefordshire. As well as challenging perceptions, she hopes to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK. Vascular dementia is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain, and can sometimes be slowed it down. “I don’t care what time I do it in, but I’m determined to complete it. There will be a lot of tears at the finish line and probably a few on the way round as well. “I’m very proud that although I’ve got dementia I’m still able to take on the challenge of a marathon. I want to prove someone with dementia can run a marathon and show you can still have a good life after a dementia diagnosis. I also want to inspire people to support dementia research.” Sue said.

posted Monday April 2nd