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Marathon runners to raise money for Sharjah toddler with deformed legs

Staff Reporter
Filed on November 1, 2013
Marathon runners to raise money for Sharjah toddler with deformed legs

The runners will cover 575km across all seven Emirates in 12 days, culminating on December 2, the 42nd National Day of the UAE.

Al Jalila Foundation has partnered with a group of professional runners from 7 Emirates Run to raise funds for a toddler from Sharjah who suffers from deformities in both legs.

This charitable initiative from the 7 Emirates Run group is sponsored by Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and the team is made up of seven experienced ultra-marathon runners based in the UAE, led by German Guinness World Record holder Wendelin Lauxen who broke the fastest time to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents.

The runners will cover 575km across all seven Emirates in 12 days, culminating on December 2, the 42nd National Day of the UAE. The money raised will be used to pay for life-changing surgery and post-operative medical support for an 18-month-old boy from Sharjah, Mohammed Ayoub, who suffers from deformities to both legs.

CEO of Dubai Healthcare City Marwan Abedin, commented: “We are proud of Wendelin Lauxen from German LimbTech who is a shining example of the DHCC community in his tireless efforts to raise awareness for a healthy lifestyle.”

Lauxen and his six fellow runners will start running on November 21.

“I set up 7 Emirates Run to embrace a mission of running for help, health and fun. I strongly believe that this ethos will help create a healthier UAE community — getting people on their feet helps prevent obesity and its consequential diseases such as vascular diseases and diabetes, illnesses blighting our country,” said Lauxen.

“We are helping children get back on their feet by supporting the Al Jalila Foundation and to pay for life-changing surgery and post-operative medical support for a little boy who will soon be able to crawl and then walk.” But this isn’t the first time Lauxen has tackled the gruelling 575km route.

“I tackled this 575km ultra-marathon successfully before in 2010 and I now look forward to being joined by six other like-minded and loyal friends of the UAE. I hope our love of combining and nurturing health, fun and philanthropy will lead to 77 runners in the 2014 edition of the 7 Emirates Run,” he added.

CEO of Al Jalila Foundation Dr Abdulkareem Al Olama, added: “Not only is the run demonstrating extraordinary feats of fitness and determination, it will also change this little boy’s life forever. I am continuously uplifted by these great efforts from people in our community and thank the 7 Emirates Run team for their compassion, generosity and tenacity.”

To support the 7 Emirates Run and Mohammed Ayoub’s life-transforming operation visit www.7emiratesrun.com to make a donation. -asmaalizain@khaleejtimes.com


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